Pittsburg man dies from injuries sustained in fireworks explosion

One of two men critically injured in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturer in southeast Kansas has died, authorities said Wednesday.

Kenny L. Clark, 28, of Pittsburg, died at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., where he had been flown by medical helicopter following the blast shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jake’s Fireworks in Pittsburg, Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said in a statement.

Howard Harper, 42, of Pittsburg, is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Clark and Harper were working around a storage building at the manufacturer when the explosion and resulting fire occurred, Peak said. No other employees were injured in the explosion.

An investigation into the incident is underway, Peak said.

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