1 injured in Sumter Co. fireworks incident

1 injured in Sumter Co. fireworks incident

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - One person was injured in a fireworks incident in Sumter County Wednesday, according to Sumter County Fire Rescue.

The person injured was taken to Phoebe Sumter with burns and later airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center.

The Sumter County Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire on Highway 30 West that involved fireworks.

Approximately 28 firefighters responded, and encountered multiple explosions while they were on scene because of the fireworks.

The fire took an hour to get under control, and firefighters were on scene for around 11 hours Wednesday, according to Sumter County Fire Rescue.

SCFR was dispatched on 1/16/19 at 11:44AM to Hwy 30 West to a structure fire with reports of explosions. Upon arrival...

Posted by Sumter County Fire & Rescue on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Webster County firefighters responded to assist, and GoldStar EMS stood by to help if needed.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) investigated, and a HAZMAT representative with the state fire marshal’s office responded as well. ATF officials could provide information at this time about the investigation because of the partial government shutdown.

WALB has also reached out to HAZMAT for more information.

No firefighters were hurt.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.

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