published Thursday, February 13th, 2014

2 hurt when fireworks explode in trunk of car

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Two men attending a fireworks industry event in Lake Havasu City were injured when fireworks exploded in the trunk of their car. The explosion and resulting fire gutted the car and scattered debris on a highway.

The Today's News-Herald reports that the fireworks began to explode Wednesday while the car was on State Route 95 and that the trunk's contents blew up when the driver pulled off the highway.

Lake Havasu City police spokesman Sgt. Troy Stirling said a 59-year-old man who suffered burns to his torso remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at a Nevada hospital.

The other man in the car refused treatment for his minor injuries.

Stirling said both men had just left a Western Pyrotechnics Association event, and an event organizer helped dispose of material at the scene.

Authorities say it remains unclear what caused the fireworks to go off.

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