COMANCHE (July 3, 2014) A prominent local chiropractor died Thursday morning in an explosion that occurred as preparations were made for a Fourth of July fireworks show in Comanche.
Aerial view of the explosion site. (WFAA-TV)
Dr. Russell C. Reynolds, who friends said was a licensed pyrotechnician, created the community fireworks show nearly 25 years ago.
Three other people suffered burns in the explosion, which occurred at around 9 a.m. Thursday in a trailer in which fireworks were stored on a baseball field adjacent to Comanche High School, fire Lt. Marcus Nettleton said.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined.
Reynolds and other members of the town’s Kiwanis Club were in the process of setting up fireworks for Friday's celebration, authorities said.
Reynolds died at the scene.
Comanche’s Family on the 4th Musical Celebration and Fireworks was to have been held Friday at Comanche High School stadium.
The event was canceled because of the explosion, according to a post on the Comanche Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
“Due to tragic circumstances, the 4th activities have been canceled for 2014,” the post said.
The Comanche Kiwanis Club has organized the fireworks show, which Reynolds created 24 years ago.
Comanche is a town of about 4,300 residents about halfway between Waco and Abilene.