Fireworks explode, injuring two in Eatonton

Two men celebrating Independence Day by shooting fireworks over Lake Sinclair were injured when some of the fireworks exploded Wednesday night. 

Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Sgt. Bo Kelly and Putnam County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Russell Blenk said James Mallory, 30, and Austin Myer, 25, were shooting fireworks off of a pontoon boat that had been converted to a flatbottom. The boat was anchored to a dock in a cove on Cold Branch Road and the two men were shooting the fireworks over the lake when sparks from the fireworks set off the fireworks on the boat and caused a "fireball explosion," Blenk said. 

Both men received first and second degree burns and were taken by ambulance to Lake Country Baptist Church on Crooked Creek, from where they were flown by helicopter to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. 

Earlier in the day, a jet ski collided with a bass boat on the Baldwin County side of Lake Sinclair, Kelly said. No one was injured in that collision, but the bass boat was punctured and was taking in water and had to be towed to shore. 

 

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