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Authorities ID 2 hospitalized after fireworks explosion

June 6, 2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified two firefighters critically injured in a fireworks explosion in New Mexico that remains under investigation.

The explosion Wednesday in Roswell injured a dozen firefighters at a fireworks storage area. A city spokesman says 46-year-old Jeff Stroble and 36-year-old Robert “Hoby” Bonham were hospitalized, while others were treated at the scene.

Authorities do not know what prompted the fireworks to explode as firefighters were moving them for an upcoming Fourth of July show.

Spokesman Todd Wildermuth said in a statement that Stroble has been with the Roswell Fire Department for 17 years. Bonham has worked for the department for 18 years.

They are being treated at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, about 173 miles (or 278 kilometers) east of Roswell.

New Mexico State Police are investigating the explosion.

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