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Fort Worth teen killed in fireworks accident, 3 others injured in separate cases

Several hundred pounds of fireworks confiscated in Fort Worth

The department’s Fourth of July call center also received 1,560 calls of fireworks violations in the city Tuesday night, Lt. Kyle Clay said.
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The department’s Fourth of July call center also received 1,560 calls of fireworks violations in the city Tuesday night, Lt. Kyle Clay said.

A 19-year-old was killed Thursday in a fireworks explosion in a residential neighborhood in east Fort Worth, according to a fire department spokesman and officials with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In separate incidents, two young children and a man suffered minor injuries in other July 4th fireworks accidents in the city.

In Lake Dallas, workers suffered minor injuries when the fireworks finale had a malfunction Thursday night.

A Dallas police officer was injured when someone shot an unknown type of firework at a marked patrol vehicle, shattering the glass of a side window.

In Fort Worth, fire officials received over 2,000 calls about fireworks from 7 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday. Fort Worth police reported there were 124 reports of shots fired in the city.

The teen killed Thursday has been identified as Maneno Juma of Fort Worth, according to the medical examiner’s office website on Friday. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 10:04 p.m. Thursday. He died from a blunt-force injury to his chest caused by the accidental firework explosion, according to the medical examiner.

Fireworks exploded in the teen’s hands, according to fire officials.

The accident occurred Thursday night in the 4800 block of Virgil Street. Arson investigators were called to the scene. No other details were released on the fatal accident.

Lake Dallas officials abruptly ended their Fourth of July show at 9:35 p.m. Thursday after a malfunction, according to the city’s Facebook page.

The malfunction caused a large blast, injuring several employees of the vendor staging the show and damaging equipment. The employees suffered minor injuries.

It is the second year the vendor has staged the show at Lake Dallas and he has over 25 years of experience. He was formerly the fireworks vendor for Denton’s Independence Day celebration, according to Lake Dallas’ Facebook page.

Lake Dallas police and city officials are investigating the incident.

At about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Dallas officers were dispatched to 3550 E. Overton Road in response to a fireworks disturbance. When an officer arrived, a suspect shot a firework at the patrol car and broke a window. The officer was taken to a Dallas hospital and released after being treated for cuts.

Dallas police continued on Friday to search for a suspect who faces a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

The Dallas police car also had damage to the hood after other fireworks were shot at the vehicle.

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