Fireworks explosion kills 1, injures 4 others

COMANCHE, Texas -- A prominent Texas chiropractor was killed and four others injured in a fireworks explosion at Comanche High School Thursday morning.

According to Comanche Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Marcus Nettleton, the explosion occurred around 9 a.m. as crew were setting up the tubes that house the fireworks for Friday's annual fireworks show.

Nettleton said the dead and injured were local community members and had been helping with the fireworks show for more than 20 years. He described the injuries as "serious."

Friends confirmed to News 8 the man killed was Dr. Russell Reynolds, a Comanche chiropractor and licensed pyrotechnician. A black wreath was hung outside of his office Thursday afternoon.

Reynolds started the community's fireworks show 24 years ago and was a former president of the Comanche Kiwanis Club, which puts on the show, as well as a church deacon. He was once named Comanche's "Man of the Year."

You can read more about the history of the Comanche fireworks show in this blog post from last year.

Publisher of the Comanche Chief newspaper, James Wilkerson, went to the scene after the explosion. He said when he arrived, he saw two vehicles on fire and the trailer that was holding the fireworks destroyed between the softball and baseball fields at the high school.

As a result, the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, which was scheduled for Friday at Comanche High School, has been cancelled. The state fire marshal's office and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

Comanche is located 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.


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