Firefighters battle fireworks while putting out fire at Windy City Fireworks store in Rochester


Picture submitted by Debbie Hoffman of Rochester

Picture submitted by Debbie Hoffman of Rochester

Rochester, Ind. An investigation is underway after a fireworks store in Rochester nearly blew up when a fire quickly gained strength while firefighters worked to control the blaze.

Wednesday night, just before ten o'clock, fireworks could be heard for miles around Rochester.

A large fire quickly started at a longtime family run business called Windy City Fireworks.

The Rochester Fire Department and half a dozen other departments were called out to put out the fire. No word on where or how the first started.

At first neighbors in the area thought someone was putting on a late holiday firework celebration until they saw the flames.

Firefighters worked into the early morning hours to control the blaze.

At times fireworks were going off while they were working, making it dangerous.

“Within the building you could hear some explosions,” says Rochester Fire Department Chief Tom Butler. “They were still packed close together. Some of them did go off in the air. You could see firecrackers and bottle rockets going off.”

The family that owns Windy City also owned a factory called Pyro Design and Development. In 2001 the factory was home to a deadly fire that killed four people. Pyro made devices that put out chimney fires.


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