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UPDATE: Danger not yet over at fireworks explosion site


NEAR CLAREMONT, MN (KTTC-TV) -- Reporters are still being kept at bay after a fireworks shed exploded near Claremont.

There is no official word if the remaining fireworks have been removed or disabled.

Around 2:30 p.m. Dodge County and West Concord fire departments responded to a shed explosion.

According to a neighbor 72-year-old Harrison Freeman operates a commercial fireworks manufacturing company out of that shed.

A Dodge County deputy says Harrison was either transported to St. Marys in Rochester or Regents in St. Paul with 3rd degree burns on most of his body.

The neighbor we spoke with was outside at the time of the explosion.

He was blown backward and described it like an atomic bomb.

Neighbor and witness Kerry Schroeder says, "It went off right in my face and the flash and the shcok came and knocked me on my back, I was that close to the explosion. I thought I was going to be burned by the flash."

Kerry says he has complained to the ATF about the proximity of the shed to his house but the ATF told him the shed is to code.

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