Truck carrying fireworks explodes following road crash (video)By Mason White 10:31 AM January 15, 2015
|The fireworks explosion|
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Police and the fire department were called to deal with a 120 car pileup.
While fire crews were working to put out the fire, a truck carrying fireworks suddenly exploded.
Michigan State Police said that buses were used to evacuate people from the massive traffic pileup.
Police told people living within one mile of the highway to take shelter as a precaution after the tractor-trailer, which was carrying about 44,000 pounds of fireworks, exploded during the massive pileup on I-94 in Kalamazoo County on Friday.
There was another semi-truck carrying hazardous materials, which also caused concern for the safety of the public.
Police confirmed that one man died and at least 20 people were injured. The man who died was identified as a 57-year-old truck driver from Canada.
Sean Conn, vice president of Big Fireworks, which is the largest wholesale seller of consumer fireworks in Michigan, said that the truck was not theirs and the driver did not work for them.
However, he confirmed that the tractor-trailer was on the way to their warehouse when the explosion occurred.
He also said that the destroyed fireworks are covered by insurance, but since the product comes from China, it can take about 12 to 18 months to replace.
The company said that they have about 600 different products in stock. “Our customers probably will not even notice the loss,” he said.