Fireworks Stand Destroyed in Texas


Just north of San Antonio, residents woke up to the sounds of fireworks on Christmas morning.

A fireworks stand near U.S. 281 and Overlook Parkway caught fire just after 4:30 a.m.

Fireworks operator Betty Salas, her husband and the stand's owner were staying on the site when their stand went up in flames.

"By the time he was out to see what happened, the flames were already shooting out the first window," said Salas. We tried opening the door to it, but that's when we realized we shouldnt, for the safety of the children."

When firefighters got to the scene, the stand was engulfed in flames.

The stand was also locked, making it difficult for crews to get in and get the fire out.

Salas also said Friday that the fire, surprisingly, did not set off a huge display in the sky. However, she said some of the fireworks shot off into the median at U.S. 281, causing a small grass fire.

Crews with the Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department got the grass fire under control and the fire at the stand.

Nobody was hurt, but the fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damages, destroying the stand and everything inside.

"It's unfortunate," said Salas. "I don't know. It's an experience. I guess, but we're just glad that everybody is ok and not hurt. That was our main concern."

Still, a glimmer of hope for Salas and her family, they have a second stand that was untouched by the fire.

"We are still open and hopefully we will get some business for the second stand."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Although Bexar-Bulverde Fire officials said Friday they do not suspect arson.

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