5 killed in fireworks explosion

All were employees of bomb disposal company

HONOLULU (UPI) | April 9, 2011


Five employees of a Hawaiian bomb disposal company were killed in an explosion in a bunker full of confiscated fireworks.

Four of the men died in the blast Friday morning, the (Honolulu) Star-Advertiser reported. Firefighters recovered two bodies while two others were presumed dead.

A fifth man was critically injured in the explosion and died soon after, KITV.com reported. A sixth employee received minor injuries.

All six worked for Donaldson Enterprises Inc., a company specializing in bomb disposal. Donaldson was working under contract to a company that disposes of illegal fireworks seized by police.

The area around the bunker was cordoned off. Firefighters said the explosives inside were unstable.

The bunker is part of a group of more than 100 once used by the U.S. military to store nuclear weapons. They now belong to HIDC Small Business Storage, which leases them to companies needing a secure place to store records.

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