A major accident occurred in a fireworks storage area at Roswell International Air Center, just south of the city.
12 Roswell firefighters were hurt by an explosion while packaging fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration. Two of them suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals. Officials are investigating the cause of the blast. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting state police in the investigation. We don't believe there was any malice involved, it is looking accidental," New Mexico State Police Captain Lance Bateman told to media. Images from the scene showed a black plume of smoke rising from the area. Crews continued to work hotspots Wednesday afternoon.
Fireworks are dangerous and produced many accidents in the world. The number of accidents in China appears as the highest as compared to incident numbers in other countries, because China is a big fireworks producer. Roswell, a city of about 48,000 residents in southeastern New Mexico about 200 miles southeast of the state capital, Albuquerque, is perhaps best known for the reported crash of an unidentified flying object in 1947 near what was then known as the Roswell Army Air Field.