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2 firefighters remain critical after fireworks explosion

June 14, 2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officials say two New Mexico firefighters remain in critical condition after they were injured in a fireworks explosion last week.

The Roswell Daily Record reported Thursday that 46-year-old Jeff Stroble and 36-year-old Robert “Hoby” Bonham have undergone multiple surgeries following the explosion at a fireworks storage area in Roswell.

Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham says Stroble is experiencing complications, but he is doing better than expected. He is expected to undergo additional surgeries.

He says Bonham is able to walk around but is still experiencing severe pain.

Graham says the 10 other firefighters injured in the blast are recovering and did not need extended hospital stays.

Authorities say firefighters were packaging the fireworks for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com

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