Three Dead in Orange County Fireworks Explosion

Three people are dead and two more injured after a fire ignited fireworks stored in an Orange County warehouse. Orange County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the three who perished: David Gonzalez, 22, Lindsey Phillips, 23, and Landon Bourland, 24.

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Orange County Fire Rescue stated the fire began at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Magic in the Sky fireworks company located at 901 Central Florida Parkway in Taft. Fire crews started arriving and were advised that fireworks were detonating and people were trapped inside, according to Orange County fire rescue battalion chief Garret Wienckowski.

“The unit that was on fire, they stored fireworks there,” said Battalion Chief Garrett Wienckowski with Orange County Fire Rescue.  “I do not know the cause of the fire, but it did extend into the fireworks, which caused a chain reaction.”

Initially, the number of victims inside the warehouse was unknown. During the chaos, some were originally reported as missing. A total of 5 people were injured; four were transported to the hospital by Orange County Fire Rescue, and one patient self-transported. Two of the victims were transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of burns.

Magic in the Sky clarified that eight people were on site at the warehouse, with Three outside in the parking lot and five inside the warehouse. When the fire broke out, one was able to escape, but four had to be rescued from the building by firefighters.

In a statement sent to Orlando’s WESH 2, Magic in the Sky said in part:

“Safety is and always has been our company’s number one priority. Our highly qualified personnel are trained on a regular basis in the procedures used to handle properly and prep pyrotechnic products for entertainment productions that we produce. Magic in the Sky will conduct a thorough and complete review of this incident and make our findings available to the public.”

The warehouse is home to multiple businesses, but Orange County contained the fire to just one unit.

The Florida State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause of the fire. No firefighters were injured.

Featured image courtesy Lewis Electric


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