Update: The Comanche Fire Department lowered its flags to half-staff, out of respect for the three men injured, and Dr. Russell Reynolds who lost his life in the deadly fireworks explosion. In lieu of the town’s traditional 4th of July celebration, a candlelight vigil will be held to honor of the men.
COMANCHE, TX- Just as we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends, the town of Comanche, TX, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, is in a state of mourning.
Members from the local KIWANIS Club prepared for the town’s 24th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza on Thursday morning.
A trailer containing fireworks exploded, destroying the trailer and killing Dr. Russell Reynolds. Now, many are left to grieve the town’s only chiropractor and church deacon.
“It hurt, it hurt because we were very fond of him, we liked him, he was a very good man,” Gene Andrews said.
Andrews lives across Comanche High School; the site where the explosion happened.
Reynolds spear-headed the fireworks show as a way for the community to gather and pay tribute to veterans. Three others were injured in the blast. One of the men was flown by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Russell was one of two licensed pyrotechnicians on site, and the KIWANIS Club did have a permit for the display.
For now, the fire marshal’s office is trying to figure out what caused the deadly explosion.
“It`s a horrible thing, the pain and anguish the families are in, but it will be a sad time for the county and the community that there won’t be a 4th of July celebration,” patient and friend Bernard Andrews said.
Although tomorrow’s festivities have been cancelled, the community is now left to celebrate the life of a man so close to their hearts.