TN Bomb and Arson team investigates fireworks stand fire

TN Bomb and Arson team investigates fireworks stand fire

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Tennessee Bomb and Arson squad is investigating a fire that occured at a fireworks store in Campbell County. Tennessee Bomb and Arson squad is investigating a fire that occured at a fireworks store in Campbell County.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

CARYVILLE (WATE) - An investigation is underway into what caused a massive fire at a Campbell County fireworks store.

It happened just after 4:00 Sunday afternoon at the Fireworks Superstore just off I-75 in Caryville. At one point the flames were so intense both north and southbound lanes of the interstate had to be shutdown.

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The store has been a landmark in Campbell County for several decades and is now a total loss.

The Stowers have owned the fireworks superstore since 2008, but they have been in the fireworks business for much longer.

"We've actually been in the business since 1948 and we were one of the earliest retailers in the area," said the owner’s son, Tyson Stowers.

Growing up in the business fireworks became more of a way of life for Stowers. His mother runs the shop and says he raced here from Knoxville as soon as he heard of the fire.

"It was bad," said Stowers. "When I got here there was nothing. The fire was already out."

The investigation is still in its early stages and special agents say because the building was loaded with explosives it makes it harder to pinpoint a cause.

"We do know it started in the back of the store and from there we have no idea," said Stowers. "It was already on fire in the back of the store and the employees didn't know it till it was engulfed."

The Stowers say they have always taken the proper precautions at all of their stores.

"You have to have fire extinguishers," said Stowers. "No one is allowed to have cigarettes or lighters. You can't do any of that stuff. It's just like the snap of a finger."

That's exactly how quickly it happened on Sunday. Years of hard work going up in smoke.

"It's a bad feeling, but we're strong we will persevere and we will get through it," said Stowers. "We will rebuild. It's not the end of us."

As for an official cause investigators say they will not have that information for at least a few days if not longer.

The family does have another location in Luttrell where they will house all operations until they are able to rebuild.

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