Fireworks Plant Blast Victim Dies

Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:07 PM gHale

An explosion inside a pyrotechnics company in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, July 3 claimed the life of one worker.

A 28-year-old woman seriously burned in a July 3 explosion at a southwest Missouri pyrotechnics company has died.

Samantha Dean died from injuries suffered in the July 3 explosion at AM Pyrotechnics in Polk County, which supplies fireworks for big shows, Polk County Coroner Melissa Briton said Tuesday.

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Dean was injured during the July 3 explosion at the wholesale fireworks plant in Pleasant Hope.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Officials believe Dean was the only person in the building at the time of the explosion.

Firefighters responded to a call of a fire at the business on July 3. As soon as firefighters arrived, explosions started. Firefighters said several workers had just left the building before the fire.

Smoke was visible for miles and neighbors said the explosion rocked windows. They said there was an initial boom and then smaller explosions followed.

The fire destroyed much of the building.

“(A.M. Pyrotechnics) license was in good standing with us,” said John Ham, ATF public information officer. “They had two licenses in that location, one for manufacturing and one for importing fireworks.”

Ham said the ATF conducts inspections on firework manufacturers every three years. A.M. Pyrotechnics last inspection was in May 2017 and they were in compliance.

During these checks Ham said they inspect the inventory, manufacturing process and even how the fireworks are stored.



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