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Two crew members, firefighter suffer burns during fireworks accident prior to minor league game

Mark Townsend
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Remains of the burned out truck. (Daniel Lane/Southwest Riverside News Network)

Scary news out of Lake Elsinore, CA on Friday night as three people suffered burns after a truck carrying fireworks for a show scheduled to take place after a minor league baseball game between hometown Storm and Inland Empire 66ers caught fire and exploded in the parking lot two hours before first pitch.

According to the Southwest Riverside News Network, three individuals suffered burns as a result of the fire. One member of the fireworks company reportedly sustained second and third degree burns on 80-90 percent of his body. He was airlifted to a local burn center. Another crew member and a fire department employee also sustained what were categorized as minor burns in the accident. Both were transported by ambulance for treatment.

The incident report also notes that the fire spread to nearby brush and burned nearly half an acre before being contained by firefighters.

Shortly after the accident took place and the fire had been contained, the Storm acknowledged it via Twitter and announced the postgame fireworks show was canceled as a result.

We regret to announce that tonight's fireworks show has been canceled due to an unfortunate accident involving setup of the fireworks show.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the fireworks crew and all those involved.

An investigation to determine what exactly caused the fire and subsequent explosion, which was heard by later arriving fans from miles away, is still on-going.

The baseball game and Lake Elsinore's scheduled Martial Arts Night went on as planned, with Inland Empire earning a 2-1 win.

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