Explosion at Roswell fireworks facility leaves at least two people injured

About 12 firefighters were were packaging fireworks in the storage area for an upcoming Fourth of July display when the explosion occurred.
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Multiple people have been injured after an explosion at a fireworks storage warehouse south of Roswell, New Mexico, according to a city spokesman.Roswell Today via Facebook

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By Doha Madani and Andrew Blankstein

Two firefighters sustained severe injuries in an explosion at a fireworks storage facility south of Roswell, New Mexico, on Wednesday.

About 12 firefighters were packaging fireworks in the storage area for an upcoming Fourth of July display when the explosion occurred around 12:15 p.m local time, according to the New Mexico State Police.

Two of the firefighters were air-lifted to a trauma center for life threatening injuries and the other ten were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Authorities have not said what caused the explosion.

New Mexico State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are taking lead roles in the investigation. Roswell Fire Department, Roswell Police Department, and the FBI are assisting.