Tennessee Fireworks Store Fire Closes Part of I-75

June 1, 2011

A fire at a Caryville’s Thunder Mountain Fireworks store shut down part of Interstate 75 and forced about 100 neighbors to temporarily evacuate.

Caryville Fire Department Cpt. Brad Smith described the fire to WVLT-TV, saying, “If you can picture a fireworks display on the ground going all at one time, that’s what it basically looked like, but everything was coming out the windows and the bottom of the building.”

Firefighters received the call at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

It took crews from Caryville, Jacksboro, LaFollette, Campbell County, Ridgewood and Pinecrest over an hour to contain the blaze.

Officials evacuated about 100 people from a nearby apartment complex and closed one lane of I-75 as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was injured.

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