Emergency crews respond to explosions at Ultratec fireworks facility

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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – Emergency crews responded to the Ultratec Special Effects fireworks facility after incident there Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies on the scene told our crews a call about an explosion came in around 3 p.m. Thursday at Ultratec. They said the second explosion happened while firefighters were on the scene. No one was injured and minor damage was sustained to some property.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms spokesperson said, “ATF is on scene investigating the cause of the incident we are working with Madison County a Sheriffs Office, ALEA and other agencies. The scene will be processed in conjunction with interviews of employees and other individuals that may have information.”

Around 8:30 Thursday evening, the ATF spokesman said he believed teams were finished for the day.

They will be back Friday morning to finish working the scene.

“They are creating a timeline of events based on interviews, the time of the accident and information retrieved from the scene,” he said.

Ultratec was the site of an explosion that killed two people and injured four others in Feb. Sgt. Brian Chaffin with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said that explosion happened during the fireworks mixing process.

After reviewing code requirements and cooperation with all agencies involved, the State Fire Marshal’s Office allowed Ultratec to resume production “subject to certain conditions and continued inspections” in late-March.

“Ultratec has been a good corporate citizen and has a good track record with our office,” Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said.