Baby, relative hospitalized after Texas fireworks blast

Baby, relative hospitalized after Texas fireworks blast

Credit: Courtesy Uvalde Leader-News

Baby, relative hospitalized after Texas fireworks blast

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by Kens5.com Staff

KENS

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 6:19 PM

UVALDE, Texas -- At least two people were taken to the hospital after a round of fireworks shot into the crowd on Thursday night at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

The Uvalde Fire Marshal identified the injured as a five-month-old and a relative. One of the victims was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center while the other was taken to University Hospital. Citing privacy laws, he would not comment on their conditions.

Uvalde County Judge William Mitchell said he was not at the Fourth of July celebration and did not know the extent of the injuries. He said at least two more people were treated by EMS for minor burns.

Spectator Ervey Perez posted a video of the accident to his Facebook page. The accident occurs about 20 seconds into the video, followed by a panicking crowd and the arrival of an ambulance and fire truck.

"There was a fireworks display that one of the canisters malfunctioned and landed near the crowd and some people received burns as a results of that," Mitchell said. ... "It was an accident and the person that was in charge of the display was a licensed pyrotechnic. It wasn't just a back yard deal."

The fireworks display was sponsored by the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and the Uvalde Leader-News, according to the city's online calendar.

A photo provided to KENS 5 by the Uvalde Leader-News shows a minivan covered in ash and pocked with burn marks.

Uvalde is about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

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