Officials: July 4th Fire At Fort Mill Fireworks Store Was Result Of Arson
FORT MILL, SC — July 4th started off with a bang after a fire set off a large amount of fireworks at a store in York County early Thursday morning. No one got hurt.
On Friday, the York County Deputy Fire Marshal confirmed to WCCB’s Alexandra Elich that the fire was started as a result of arson. York County Sheriff’s office confirms someone set the fire.
“We were very upset because I just can’t understand why anyone would come and set fire to something like this. I mean this is our livelihood,” says store manager Sharon Huckeba.
Officials say the fire started inside some storage containers at Davey Jones Fireworks on Carowinds Boulevard around 6 am. The York County Sheriff’s Office says the containers were located outside the store, and the fire did not impact the actual building.
The owner tells WCCB there was around $300,000 worth of inventory damaged.
“We just don’t know who did it or why. I think the big question is why,” says store owner Brad Witherell.
Witherell says there is surveillance video, they turned over to detectives.
Video from a WCCB viewer, @Msteck101 on Twitter, shows the fireworks going off around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. It shows firecrackers, sparklers and Roman Candles exploding in the air, leaving a dark cloud of smoke.
Carowinds Boulevard from Highway 51 to the I-77 exit ramp was closed for roughly an hour while crews worked to get the blaze and fireworks under control.
A lot of debris and twisted metal left over from the fire. Dozens stopping Thursday to take pictures. Store employees tell WCCB they don’t know how much this fire is going to cost them.
The investigation has been turned over to York County Fire Marshal.