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Apr102011

Hawaii Fireworks Explosion Kills Five

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Five people are dead following an explosion at an underground bunker used to house confiscated fireworks in Waikele, Hawaii.

Officials say the explosion took place shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at the HIDC Small Business Storage facility, a place used to house and destroy fireworks confiscated by authorities. A total of six workers were reportedly in the bunker at the time of the explosion, with just one person making it out alive. Officials say the initial report firefighters responded to was about a car fire, however when crews arrived on the scene they found that in addition to a car being on fire outside the bunker, there were also raging flames inside, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The five people killed by the explosion have been identified as Justin Kelii, 29, Robert Leahey, 50, Kevin Freeman, 24, Neil Sprankle, 24, and Bryan Cabalce Wahiawa, 25, according to ABC’s Honolulu affiliate KITV-TV. The lone surviving worker reportedly suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The men were employees of Donaldson Enterprises Inc., the company contracted to destroy the fireworks.

It is unclear what exactly sparked the deadly explosion.

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