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Worker injured at Lauderhill fireworks display

A pyrotechnics technician was injured Friday night when one of the fireworks at an Independence Day celebration blew up before it could be launched, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, injured his right leg when the fireworks exploded in a launching tube before they were jettisoned, Lauderhill Fire-Rescue Chief Marc Celetti said. Lauderhill is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

The technician was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where he was in good condition late Friday, Celetti said.

The fireworks display was part of the Fourth of July celebration at Lauderhill Sports Park. The accident occurred about 10 minutes into the program. The rest of the display was canceled, Celetti said. About 3,000 people attended.

The Broward Sheriff's Office bomb squad went to the scene after the accident to make sure there were no other live explosives in the area, Celetti said.

The technician works for Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, which provided the fireworks for this year's show, Celetti said.

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