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Fire crews dodge exploding fireworks

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FORT MILL, S.C. (WSIL) -- Firefighters had to dodge exploding rockets to douse a spectacular fire that destroyed containers of fireworks stored for sale on the Fourth of July.

Crews spent nearly an hour extinguishing the fire that broke out before dawn at the fireworks storage center in Fort Mill.

Emergency crews were called around 5:45 a.m. to the light show as shells and rockets burst through the metal containers, sending colorful showers into the air above Davey Jones Fireworks and the House of Fireworks.

York County deputies said the fire was not actually at the fireworks store but started in containers just outside the store.A man who lives nearby said the fire woke him up and he decided to drive over to it.

"You see all the smoke, the smell was in the air, so it was a lot," said Robin Milestone. "You couldn't really stand around because there was so much smoke around the fireworks."

Store owners from other fireworks stands told a reporter that, at first, they thought it was their place on fire. They received phone calls from customers, which led them to check out the scene for themselves.

"Of course, when we saw the video it was showing from the front of our store, so it looked like the fireworks were going off," said Frawna Peterson, the co-owner of House of Fireworks. "It looked like the back of our roof was actually on fire."

The AP and ABC News contributed to this report.

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