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Two young people were injured during Friday night’s high school football game at Bullitt East High School when a firework exploded on the Spencer County sideline.
MacKenzie Myers, a Spencer County senior who serves as a water girl for Bears’ football team, suffered a concussion, a minor burn on her leg and temporary hearing loss. The other student was a Bullitt County middle school student who also suffered some burns on his leg.
The explosion occurred early in the first quarter following a Bullitt East touchdown. Part of the Chargers’ post-score celebration involves setting off fireworks. The first firework exploded in the sky as designed, but a second did not go off until it landed against a fence directly behind the sideline. The explosion caused a loud bang and made a bare spot in the grass about two feet across.
Medical personnel and athletic trainers were on the scene and tended to the two injured students. Both were later transported to the hospital and Myers was released that evening and was expected to make a full recovery. After a nearly 15-minute delay, the game was resumed but there were no more fireworks set off the rest of the evening.