Report: Multiple injuries reported following July 4 fireworks malfunction at Utah stadium

Report: Multiple injuries reported following July 4 fireworks malfunction at Utah stadium

Several people were injured during a Fourth of July celebration in Provo, Utah, when fireworks misfired and struck members of the audience inside a football stadium. The incident occurred during the opening ceremonies of the Stadium of Fire event at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the campus football stadium of Brigham Young University.

According to a report from KUTV-TV, videos posted on social media show individual fireworks veering off course and landing among spectators in the stands at the outdoor arena. The exact number and severity of injuries sustained at the annual holiday event were not immediately available, as stated by Provo Police Department spokesperson Janna-Lee Holland.

Despite the mishap, after a short delay, the BYU Police Department allowed organizers to proceed with the event, which featured a performance by the Jonas Brothers. However, both the Provo Police Department and BYU did not immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press seeking more information.

This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the importance of following safety protocols and guidelines when setting off fireworks, especially in crowded public spaces. It highlights the potential risks and dangers associated with fireworks displays and the need for proper planning and precautions to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators.