An anguished fireworks warehouse owner expressed sympathy for three employees, including his own father, who were killed when explosions tore through the building, the second deadly fireworks accident this week.
"I ask you to pray for the peace and comfort of us and all that are hurting," a teary-eyed Joe Lamb read from a handwritten statement. "Three wonderful people tragically lost their lives doing something they truly loved to do."
The three workers' bodies were recovered early Friday, hours after the blasts at Pyrotechnics by Lamb Co.'s warehouse. Five people suffered minor injuries, and the warehouse and six nearby houses were damaged or destroyed.
Twelve fireworks displays planned Friday night in east Texas cities were canceled, including Kilgore.
On Wednesday, a truck packed with fireworks exploded in Bonita Springs, killing five workers who had been unloading the shipment for Independence Day displays there and in Naples.
Investigators have said both blasts appeared to be accidental. "We're leaning toward static electricity, some kind of spark," Kilgore Police Chief Ronnie Moore said Friday.
Lamb's business was appropriately registered and had no prior problems, said Clay Alexander, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent.
Kilgore police identified the victims as Marvin Lamb, Melinda Edmundson, 25, and Martin Donner, 58. Marvin Lamb's age was not available.
The blasts shot fireworks and other debris several blocks in this town 115 miles southeast of Dallas. About 25 people were displaced.
Driver hits front porch, killing three children
CHICAGO _ An impaired driver ran a stop sign and crashed into a front stoop of a building, killing three young boys and a woman, police said.
Police said they cited Richard Green, 57, of Chicago with 10 traffic violations, including reckless and impaired driving. He remained in custody Friday as an investigation into other charges continued, police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.
The crash happened Thursday night in the city's Englewood neighborhood. The victims were sitting on the stoop when the car ran the stop sign and crashed into them, Kubiak said.
Killed were two 10-year-old boys, an 8-year-old boy and a 52-year-old woman, police said.