Athens police investigating fireworks accident that injured 4 teens

Published: Jul. 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 at 5:41 AM CDT
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Investigators with Athens police say four people were injured after a fireworks accident inside a moving vehicle in the 2100 block of Stanford Street on Wednesday night.

Athens Fire and Rescue responded to the vehicle collision and fire call around 9:18.

Investigators say a vehicle with four people ran through a yard and hit two other vehicles. The four people in the car sustained burn injuries, and the vehicle was a total loss.

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk confirmed to our news partners at the Athens News Courier that two of those injured are Limestone County Schools students, while the other two are former students. He was told all the victims were in stable condition Thursday morning, but The News Courier has not yet verified the information.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the initial investigation indicated the accident is related to fireworks, however, investigators have not been able to talk to everyone involved.

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Limestone County Coroner and EMS Director Mike West said one person was taken to UAB Hospital from the scene, while three others were taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital. The other three were eventually taken to UAB Hospital via ambulance a short time later.

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