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Two Trailers Loaded with Fireworks Explode and Kill One Person

By TERRY RITZ, Correspondent | June 09, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 061020100

Lower Milford Twp., PA - On June 9th at 3:05 P.M., numerous fire companies from four counties battled a fire that involved two trailers loaded with fireworks that killed a man after they exploded.

First responders on the scene had to put in for additional alarms for manpower and tankers for water. Fireworks were exploding inside the trailers while firemen kept their distance and put streams of water on the trailers. A pickup truck parked by a nearby house also caught fire from the fireworks.

Neighbors were complaining about the noise and the shaking of their homes during the explosion. Some homes experienced broken windows. The initial explosion took the life of a man who was nearby or in the trailers.

The cause of the fire is pending the outcome of an investigation. There were other injuries reported involving firemen, but the severity of injuries were unknown.

Numerous fire companies were relocated to stand by at the fire stations to cover their area. Other fire companies were brought in and placed at a location just in case they were needed. Some of the fire companies that responded were Lower Milford, Upper Milford, East Greenville, Lower Macungie, Milford, Eastern Berks, Pennsburg, Emmaus, Telford, Tylersport, Red Hill, Green Lane, Hereford and Trumbauersville.

Fire police from four counties also responded while EMS units from different locations were on stand by. PA State Police and local police were also on the scene. A state police Fire Marshal was called in to the scene, as was a coroner.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.