Ocracoke Fireworks Explosion Update

There is new information about what went so fatally wrong on Ocracoke Island on the fourth of July.

Federal officials released their report on the deadly fireworks explosion to the Virginian Pilot newspaper. The report says a driver parked the truck filled with explosives and left, leaving five people behind to set up the fireworks. The crew was pushing electric igniters into the fireworks' "tails" in preparation for that nights show when a small explosion led to a larger explosion, the report said, Four people died, and the newspaper says the federal report is based on the account of the one survivor, 27 year-old Martez Holland of Goldsboro.

The Virginian Pilot says Holland has been released from the hospital after suffering burns on 20 percent of his body.


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  • by Tom Location: Greenville on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:49 AM
    John is one paranoid son of a gun. Obama must've been responsible for the 1986 Shuttle disaster, too. Oh, and he was alive during both Kennedy assassinations, not to mention Martin Luther King's. Yep, he's been planning this all since pre-school, apparently. A part of me wishes there was no stimulous package. But, only so the banks and car companies could've all gone under, leading directly to the next Great Depression. You know, the one that we avoided thanks to that evil Obama's Stimulus package. Sorry to the families of the victims. This isn't the place. But, the Obama hating idiots show up EVERYWHERE. It is a little frustrating that these people can read and write but are too prejudiced to have ANY rational thoughts about ANYTHING without blaming our President. Bush was a moron, but he wasn't responsible for ALL that was wrong in the world during his reign. I guess Obama is held to a higher standard.
  • by J.B. on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:51 AM
    I agree with Steve, some things are better left unsaid. This has nothing to do with a political view, but some families have lost loved ones and finally have answers to what happened that day.
  • by Steve on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Glad they found out the cause.. Hopefully future incidents can be prevented helping save lives. Side note: I really wish WITN would NOT let some of these nonsense comments through. I enjoy coming here, but some of these comments have nothing to do with anything and it's a huge turnoff!!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    some report, another fine job from Obama's team. I couldn't expect any better based on the state of affairs this country is in. God help us all.
  • by CBR Location: Richland's on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Another Fed 'COVER-UP'.... It's a SMEAR... There's no telling how many federal investigator's volunteered for investigation on 'What I think is the most popular beach in the United States' what a big 'GREAT' vacation 'The Fleacing of America'........
  • by Mark Location: MN on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    What made the little explosion is called an E-Match, or electric match. They're friction and pressure-sensitive but, if handled properly, no more dangerous than a box of "Strike Anywhere" kitchen matches. However, *improper* handling of them can cause them to ignite, just like kitchen matches can. Looks like this is what happened, unfortunately. And if the match was inserted in a shell leader when it went off, as it appears, that shell fired and started the chain reaction of the other shells exploding.
  • by Drew Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    Not much of a report: one small bang, one big bang. And it took a team of federal investigators find this out?
  • by Michael on Aug 26, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    Very good point, what made the small explosion looks like that would be something to be looked at!!!!!!!!!
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    This sounds oddly like the Big Bang Theory. One would ask what caused the small explosion that led to the Big explosion....
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