Today in fire history: Fire and explosion at fireworks facility

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Aug 14, 2011

On August 14, 1988, a late afternoon fire occurred at a fireworks facility in Jaffrey, NH. The fire caused the stored materials to explode, destroyed the building of fire origin and two exposed trailers. Two other trailers were damaged by the fire, and three firefighters received minor injuries, no civilians were injured. 

Shortly after 5:00 pm, an employee in a dwelling near the facility heard noises coming from the unoccupied building and went to investigate. He saw flames and smoke on the northwest side of the warehouse, and within moments, a blast lifted the roof off and caused the building to collapse. The Jaffrey Volunteer Fire Department received notification of the fire at 5:16 pm arrived at the scene at 5:25 pm and had the fire under control by 6:20 pm.

NFPA members can read the full investigation report.  NFPA also has a report regarding fireworks, which can be downloaded by members, all visitors can read the executive summary and a fact sheet.

-Ben Evarts