Two separate explosions injured two firefighters, sparked a grass fire, and ended the Checotah (OK) fireworks show early. Both firefighters suffered concussions but are expected to be all right.
Checotah volunteer firefighter Will Ferguson was injured when he lit a firework. Fellow firefighters assisted Ferguson after the injury; he suffered a concussion, hearing loss, and a hole in his right eardrum. Fifteen minutes after the first episode, however, firefighter Jeremy Matthews was injured when a second explosion blew his helmet off his head. Matthews spent the night in the hospital.
The second blast also ignited a grass fire.