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Explosion at Santore Fireworks Causes Small Fire, Panic But No Injuries

| June 26, 2015

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Santore fireworks bulbs of the sort manufactured at the company plant on County Road 304 in Flagler County, where a small explosion took place this morning. (© FlaglerLive)

There was a scare Friday morning at Santore & Sons manufacturing on County Road 305 in western Flagler County, when a small explosion sparked a small fire and caused no injuries. A county news release initially mentioned minor injuries to two employees, but R.J. Santore, the company’s vice president, said this afternoon there were no injuries. The company described it as “a small flash fire” in a statement it issued this afternoon.


The explosion took place about 8:45 a.m. in a small 150 square foot building located at the manufacturing company. The building is used to house the machine that presses gunpowder into pellets.

The fire was restricted to a 12-by-12 area. The explosion caused two workers to panic.

“There was some damage to equipment. All safety protocols were followed in work,” Santore said. “We are still assessing exactly what happened.”

“When something like that happens, your adrenaline pumps and your heart races,” Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said. “They are fine. We didn’t have to transport them to the hospital. They are staying at work.”

Four firefighter-paramedics arrived on scene within three minutes. A small fire was extinguished in the concrete and metal building, according to a county news release.

By then, the county had scrambled most of its manpower, including Petito and Kevin Guthrie, the county’s emergency director, though within minutes they were informed that the damage was slight and the matter could be downgraded to a non-emergency.

“When they are pressing the powder it starts cold but it heats up in the process, and there was an unusual reaction,” Petito said.

Manufacturing operations at Santore continue as normal as they prepare fireworks for Independence Day and other events throughout the year. The fireworks for the Flagler Beach show are being shipped in from a factory in Montana, from a different Santore company, a Flagler Beach official said.

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5 Responses for “Explosion at Santore Fireworks Causes Small Fire, Panic But No Injuries”

  1. THE VOICE OF REASON says:

    Odd that the company ships fireworks in from Montana for the local show.

    Logic says it would be cheaper to produce them locally and save the shipping costs. Wonder what the reason is for making them in Montana?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because the company that does the displays is located in Montana. They manufacture only at the Bunnell shop, they don’t do display shows

    • Anonymous says:

      The shop in Bunnell only manufactures, they don’t do shows. The company in Montana is the display company, they don’t manufacture.

  2. Algonquin J.Calhoon says:

    To set the record straight the two companies mentioned are in no way connected. The display company Fireworks By Santore is located in Palm Coast not Montana. The Montana company Evolution manufactures only. Both of these companies are owned by Anthony Santore Jr.
    The Bunnell plant is owned by Ralph Santore Jr. who is the third generation of a fireworks family internationally
    known for their pyrotechnic artistry,as is Fireworks By Santore.
    Same great family,but different companies.

  3. Mondexian Mama says:

    Logic doesn’t take into consideration the worker’s comp.insurance in Florida is so expensive that it forces businesses to seek states more friendly toward industry.

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