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Two killed during fireworks show

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Two people were killed and five others were injured while attending a fireworks show in Rock Island, Illinois. The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office says a large tree branch fell during Red White and Boom Tuesday night in Rock Island.

The two people who were killed in the accident are Daniel Mendoza, 61, of Rock Island and Lawrence Anderson, 72, of Moline. Five others were hurt including a pregnant woman who later gave birth at a local hospital.  The new mom and baby are doing well. 

It's not yet clear what caused the branch of the nearly 100-year-old tree to fall. The tree had a circumference of eight feet and two inches at the base. The branch was 45 feet long and fell 25 feet to the ground. The branch fell toward the end of the fireworks show. A crowd had been sitting under the tree at the Rock Island County Courthouse for the Independence Day festivities.

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