Injured Victim Speaks Out After Firework Explosion in Comanche

By Kimberly Sears |

Published 07/05 2014 09:49PM

Updated 07/05 2014 11:01PM

On July 3rd four men from the Kiwanis Club were setting up the annual fireworks display in Comanche.

When suddenly an explosion happened, injuring three and killing one.

The man killed was Dr. Russell Reynolds, a well known chiropractor in the community.

Instead of Comanche being busy with people on the 4th of July, the community held a candle light vigil to remember Dr. Reynolds.

A friend of Dr. Reynolds and one of the men injured in the explosion, Rex Plumlee was in attendance.

Plumlee said that the one explosion set off the rest of the fireworks. He received second degree burns on his arms and first degree burn on his leg.

As he was crawling to safety the grass was on fire, which is how he got a majority of his burns.

Plumlee was a retired Metroplex officer and he says that this explosion was the closest event to almost losing his life.

All the men were about 10 feet away from the explosion. Plumlee knew as soon as it happened that Dr. Reynolds didn't make. He says it will be very tough without his friend.

Plumlee and the two other men injured went back to where the explosion happened, and said the ground was still very hot.

As he thinks back to it, Plumlee doesn't know how he made it out alive and thanks God.

After doing the firework show for 14 years, this will be his last. Comanche would have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the firework show.

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