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Michigan fireworks explosion kills 1, injures 17

July 27, 1997
Web posted at: 1:51 p.m. EDT (1751 GMT)

CHARLEVOIX, Michigan (CNN) -- At least one person died and 17 others were injured when a fireworks charge exploded during a popular festival while thousands of spectators looked on.

Some 50,000 people were enjoying the fireworks show during the Venetian Festival, held each year on the Lake Michigan docks in this city 220 miles northwest of Detroit. The explosion shattered glass in nearby buildings.

Authorities have yet to release the name of the man who died from the blast. Officials said another man was in critical condition.

Charlevoix is a town of about 3,100 people along Lake Michigan, near the tip of Michigan's lower peninsula.


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