Ocean City's Independence Day Fireworks Accidentally Explode on Beach

Fireworks exploded on a beach in Ocean City, Maryland, on July 4, hours before they were due to be used for an Independence Day celebration.

The Ocean City Fire Department said employees of a fireworks company received minor injuries after the “unintentional discharge” of fireworks. The employees refused transport to the hospital, the department said. There were no reported injuries to beachgoers or pedestrians on the boardwalk.

All firework shows were canceled in Ocean City “out of an abundance of caution,” officials said. The cause of the explosion remained under investigation on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Matthew Gilberg via Storyful

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