Fireworks warehouse in Bastrop catches fire



Posted on June 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 4:59 PM

BASTROP -- Bastrop County Sheriff's Office officials say just before 11 a.m. Sunday, the American Fireworks warehouse at Highway 71 and Highway 21 caught fire. Employees were in the warehouse when the fire started but were able to get away safely. No injuries are reported.

Officials aren't sure what caused the fire, but say there was not an explosion. They say an amount of fireworks went off when the fire started.

At one point, firefighters from all nine departments in Bastrop County were on the scene, along with some from Travis County, plus others.

They didn't know what was inside the burning building when they arrived, so they didn't go in. The fireworks warehouse owner, Chester Davis, says he's been in the business 40 years and has never had a fire. He thinks something must have malfunctioned, but that they built the warehouse away from the other areas for a reason.

"Everybody is safe here. We got everybody out, and it's mostly paper products, really. It's not really involving anything else other than that, but it did burn up our fireworks show for tonight for the church, and it burned up the trailers that we had lined up for the Fourth of July," said Davis.

Davis says the show planned for Sunday night was for the Hyde Park Baptist Chuch at The Quarries. It had to be canceled.

As for his business, Davis says he has insurance and is just happy no one was hurt.

Eastbound Highway 71 was shut down for several hours while firefighters battled the fire.

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