BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Firefighters worked to control a fire at the American Fireworks warehouse in Bastrop, which wiped out a good bit of its supply just days before the Fourth of July.
Video courtesy: Heather Vaughn Fissel
Firefighting crews from Bluebonnet, Bastrop, 3N1, 5 points, Elgin, Heart of Pines, McDade. Paige, and Travis Co ESD11 fire departments battled the fire -- a total of 75 firefighters.
The smoke could be seen from Elgin, and responders let the fire burn itself out. Police said fireworks could be heard popping off.
KXAN called American Fireworks, and a woman answered saying, "I have to go. There's a fire."
One of two employees working at American Fireworks noticed the smoke and called 911, and the two made it out safely.
"An employee reported hearing fireworks going off in the back of the warehouse area of the building. As the call was being dispatched, the employee reported smoke in the building," said Dawn Adams, with Bastrop County Fire.
"I've been in the business 40 years, and I've never had a fire like this. So this is all new to me," said owner Chester Davis. "As long as my people are safe and no one's harmed, then the rest of this I can fix."
There is still no word on how the fire started.
The official also pointed out that American Fireworks is known for its safe practices.
Firework sales recently became legal again, but only for the Fourth of July season.
Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee announced that people may buy and use fireworks for personal use, including often-restricted fireworks, such as "rockets with sticks" or "missiles with fins."
As of June 11, 2013, the Commissioners Court has no legal basis to restrict the sale of fireworks this July 4 holiday season because the spring rains helped to ease the drought.
Earlier this month, Davis said he was thankful for the drought's abatement.
"It's going to make for a tremendous fireworks season if we continue on the pace we're on where we have green grass and get a little more rain between here and the Fourth of July," Davis said.
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