10 treated for injuries as fireworks malfunction at event in Roy

Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-03 23:48:17-04

ROY, Utah -- There were some tense moments in Roy City Saturday night, as the Roy Days firework show experienced some malfunctions that sent flames near homes and people.

Roy Days is an annual city-wide celebration, usually held the last week of July. The whole event wraps up with a big firework show, and this year’s was unlike any other.

This video posted to YouTube shows how a few minutes into the show a malfunction with a firework caused a small fire in the grass.

“I was thinking they might need to stop this if they can’t get this under control,” said Clinton resident Joshua Simmons, who was in the crowd with his family.

Roy City Fire Department personnel were already on scene, and they extinguished the flames quickly as the show and malfunctions continued. Another firework malfunctioned and shot right into the crowd.

“We had a couple of small incidents during the show, a couple shot and hit low," Chief Jason Poulsen, Roy City Fire Department, said. "One of them shot and hit the crowd."

Another one got close to a home and the residents there. Roy City Fire and EMS treated 10 people for minor injuries like small burns, but no one was transported to the hospital

“I think it scared people more than anything, and I’m sure a few people got burned,” Simmons said.

Fire department officials said the fireworks came from a company in Cache Valley called Fireworks West. We reached out to the company for comment, but the office is closed on Sundays.