Multiple Injuries After Fireworks Malfunction at Utah Event

Several people were injured during the opening ceremony of the “Stadium of Fire,” an annual Utah event celebrating the 4th of July, CBS News affiliate KUTV reported Thursday.

The celebration, held at Brigham Young University’s LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, featured a jet flyover, a skydiving display, and a performance by the Jonas Brothers.

Fireworks Malfunction

Janna-Lee Holland, the public information officer for the Provo Police Department, informed KUTV that fireworks misfired and shot into the audience, injuring several people.

While the number of injuries was not specified, video shared by KUTV on social media shows fireworks veering off course and striking the crowd.

Response and Statements

When contacted by CBS News on Friday, the Provo Police Department directed all inquiries about the incident, including questions about injuries, to event organizer Freedom Festival.

Freedom Festival did not respond to a request for comment from CBS News but told KUTV in a statement that “safety is of the utmost importance to us.”

“All pyrotechnics are thoroughly checked before the show and were rechecked after the incident,” the organizers stated. “Our thoughts are with those impacted by the incident, and we are following up with them to ensure they are okay.”

Despite the fireworks mishap, the Stadium of Fire event was paused but ultimately continued, according to KUTV.

With information from CBS News

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