Ocean City’s downtown fireworks display for the Fourth of July has been cancelled after town fireworks being set up on the beach were unintentionally discharged Sunday morning.
The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a reported vehicle fire at Dorchester Street and the beach. Firefighters arrived to find there was no car on fire, but discovered fireworks for the town display had been unintentionally discharged.
A fireworks company employee suffered minor injuries but refused to be taken to the hospital by paramedics. No beach or boardwalk patrons were injured.
A town spokesperson told Delmarva Now in a statement that the downtown fireworks display has been canceled “due to an abundance of caution” and updates on the uptown show at Northside Park will be provided as they become available.
“Our Fire Marshals are on the scene and will investigate the cause of the unintentional discharge,” Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers said in a statement. “Prior to the fireworks being off loaded from the vehicle, Fire Marshal’s secure a safe zone around the fireworks and put other safety protocols in place. It is this very zone and safety protocols that kept anyone else from being injured.”
Fire trucks remained on the Boardwalk at about 11:30 a.m., with police department members directing beachgoers away from the area.
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This report will be updated.