One person killed, three firefighters injured when fireworks explode in Lenoir County

The explosion happened here Friday afternoon.
The explosion happened here Friday afternoon.(WITN)
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 5:38 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 5:39 PM EDT
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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Three firefighters were injured and one person killed when a brush fire ignited a building causing fireworks stored inside to explode in La Grange.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Murry Stroud says a person on the farm died, while one firefighter has being transported to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

At approximately 3:15pm Friday afternoon, La Grange Volunteer Fire Department, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue, and the North Carolina Forest Service were dispatched to 4871 Bulltown Road in La Grange for a reported brush fire approaching a structure.

Stroud says fields were being burned off at the hay farm when the fire got out of control and reached the container with the fireworks.

Prior to arrival, the Lenoir County 911 Center advised responding personnel the structure contained commercial-grade fireworks.

Shortly after arrival, fireworks detonated causing several injuries and damage to fire department apparatus.

Three firefighters were transported to ECU Health Trauma Center in Greenville to be treated for their injuries. One patient was taken by Eastcare helicopter and two patients by Lenoir County Emergency Services ambulance. All three are in stable condition.

Authorities say the civilian property representative died on scene.

The fire is under control and crews are working to fully extinguish hotspots.

The ATF and SBI will join in the investigation Saturday morning.

Lenoir County Emergency Services says the site was permitted, inspected and licensed to have fireworks.


Multiple emergency responders are at the scene of an apparent explosion that injured several.

The explosion happened on farmland off Bulltown Road south of La Grange in Lenoir County.

Fire crews from Lenoir and Wayne counties have responded to the incredibly smoky scene.

Authorities that WITN has been in contact with tell us that several people were injured. Some of the injured were airlifted by Eastcare to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

The explosion was first reported around 4:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. fire crews were still arriving at the scene.

WITN is at the scene and will have updates as we receive them.

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