The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

June 20, 2012

Blaze outside fireworks warehouse lights up Kansas night

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Some Crawford County residents were held in awe by an unscheduled display Tuesday night when six shipping containers full of rockets and other colorful explosives went up in flames outside the warehouse of a fireworks merchant.

Six area fire departments responded at 6:33 p.m. to the alarm at Jake’s Fireworks Warehouse, about a mile west of Pittsburg on Kansas Highway 126.

Chief Mike Ryan of the Baker Township Fire Department said firefighters had to dodge fireworks while trying to confine the blaze among containers on the north side of the business and keep it from spreading to the warehouse about 30 feet away.

“When we arrived, there were fireworks landing all around the parking lot,” Ryan said. “We had firemen in the line of fire for quite some time.”

He said several employees were at the business when the fire broke out, but none were hurt and the firefighters escaped injury as well.

Ryan said the six fire departments that responded shuttled their tankers into Pittsburg and back to take water to the scene since there are no hydrants out in the county. The Pittsburg, Arma, Sheridan, Crawford Township and Cherokee fire departments assisted Baker Township firefighters.

It took about three hours to bring the blaze under control, Ryan said. While the fire was still out of control, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department shut down the highway to traffic. But the spectacle drew plenty of onlookers, Ryan said.

“Yes, we had quite a few spectators out watching the fireworks,” he said.

He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation by a state fire marshal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the sheriff’s office.

Fire watch

BAKER TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTERS stayed overnight to about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to make certain the fire remained extinguished.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter