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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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  • I did not see any panic or mass exodus, in fact after the display in question folks seemed to leave the fairgrounds in an orderly fashion and in fact the traffic crawled out of there. According to the guy shooting the fireworks that was some planned shot that he made, but neglected to tell fair officials, police department, fire department or med fleet that he was doing it so everyone was caught off guard. He said that after the tubes were in the ground he put a layer of black powder and then added water and then floated unleaded gasoline on top and ignited the powder to add something spectacular to the grand finale. Don’t think there was any cover up here….just unprepared audience that despite the bit of radiant heat felt was at least 500-700 feet away from where it took place. The fireworks operator specifically stated “that was a planned intentional shot” for the “wow” effect.

    Sunday, 9 July 2017, 8:31 pm

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