Two injured at fireworks show on Smith Lake

By ELANE JONES and JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 7/5/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

A shell was inadvertently shot into a crowd of spectators during Duncan Bridge Marina’s annual fireworks show on Smith Lake Monday night, a spokesperson for the pyrotechnic company handling the show said Tuesday.

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Two injured at fireworks show on Smith Lake

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Daily Mountain Eagle

A shell was inadvertently shot into a crowd of spectators during Duncan Bridge Marina’s annual fireworks show on Smith Lake Monday night, a spokesperson for the pyrotechnic company handling the show said Tuesday.

Danny Turner, the general manager of Adamsville-based Pyro Shows of Alabama, said a defective shell detonated inside its mortar tube, which caused an adjoining tube to fire its shell into the crowd.

Turner said no one was seriously injured, though one person reportedly sprained an ankle while running away.

The show was cancelled immediately following the incident.

Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling confirmed that at least two onlookers were injured. One female was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center by a family member in a personal vehicle, and the second person refused treatment at the scene, according to Appling.

The fireworks were being shot near the marina’s beach area, which is located between the marina and Duncan Bridge. The incident occurred approximately 10 minutes into the show.

“We’re just thankful things didn’t turn out any more serious than they were,” Appling said. “Because the potential for something even more serious happening was definitely there.”

Calls to Duncan Bridge Marina had not been returned at press time Tuesday afternoon.

Turner also confirmed that a technical problem with firing equipment led to Jasper’s third annual Fireworks Festival ending prematurely Monday night.

Turner said his company will be conducting an investigation to determine if a round of thunderstorms that passed through the area before the show led to the malfunction.

“It probably had something to do with the weather, but right now that’s just speculation,” Turner said.

The show, which was presented by Desperation Church and the city of Jasper, began five minutes late because of the storms, according to Cody Miller, assistant pastor at Desperation Church’s Jasper campus.

Spectators were asked to relocate from Memorial Park to their cars or to Swann Gym during the storms, Miller said.

“They thought there would be another line move through, and we were trying to shoot in that small window that we had,” Miller said.

The show, originally scheduled for 9 p.m., began at 9:05 and abruptly ended three minutes later. The show was planned to last for 17 minutes, according to Miller.

“After about 10 or 15 minutes, they determined that it was not going to be something that they were going to be able to get back up and running, so we canceled,” Miller said.

There are currently no plans to reschedule the event.