- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - The state fire marshal says an explosion that killed a worker at a southeast Kansas fireworks company has been ruled accidental.

The blast happened Aug. 12 at a Pittsburg warehouse owned by Jake’s Fireworks. Two employees were unloading a shipping container of fireworks to move them to the company’s new headquarters when the explosion occurred.

An investigator from the Kansas fire marshal’s office told The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1ry7mvi ) on Tuesday the explosion has been traced to debris around a forklift the men were using.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kenny Clark died several hours later at a hospital in Joplin, Missouri. The other employee also suffered severe burns.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com


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