Spectators Question Large Near-Ground Explosion During Brooksville Fireworks Display
BROOKSVILLE – Thousands attended last night’s 4th of July celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds but an unexpected explosion at ground level caused several spectators to fear the worst.
Dozens of witnesses contacted RNRF after the incident, asking if the explosion caused injuries or damaged property. Jessica Knapp sent in video of the explosion (CLICK HERE TO WATCH) that she says caused spectators to panic and flee the area. Knapp says, “Everyone got out of there so fast I’m shocked no one got ran over, it was hectic.” Jen Owens writes, “Please update asap on the explosion at the fairgrounds. Wondering if Everyone is ok. It was scary!” Amand Ciralsky also questioned the incident and says, “Please tell me you had someone at the fairgrounds! HUGE explosion during fireworks! Sure many people have video. Hope all is okay!” Theresa Farris Roach commented on the Hernando County Fairgrounds Facebook page, stating, “Big fire balls are part of the show? Ok hum not cool. The heat from that could be felt from over by the livestock pen.” Roach goes on to call the response a “cover up.”
According to Fairground officials, the explosion was part of the show and there were no injuries. Brooksville Police also confirmed that there were no reports of injuries or property damage.
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