IN ROUNDUP OF FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS ACCIDENTS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ERRONEOUSLY REPORTED THAT A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM DILWORTH, MINN., LOST HIS RIGHT INDEX FINGER AND WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AFTER A CHERRY BOMB EXPLODED IN HIS HAND. THE INCIDENT WAS NOT CONFIRMED BY POLICE OR MEDICAL AUTHORITIES. (PUBLISHED 07/10/99)
Fifth Body Is Found
In Minnesota Boat Crash
BAYPORT, Minn. -- The death toll from a weekend boating accident rose to five as divers pulled two more bodies from the murky St. Croix River.
Authorities called off the search for more victims, saying all five people reported missing had been found after a collision of two pleasure boats early Saturday.
The bodies found yesterday included those of two 26-year-old men. The three other confirmed victims, all men in their early thirties, were found on Saturday and Sunday.
Fireworks Accidents Kill 4
In Arkansas and Arizona
Weekend fireworks accidents killed four people as pyrotechnics displays misfired or blew up prematurely in two towns.
Three victims, two of them teenagers, were killed Sunday in Centerville, Ark., when a shell exploded just after launch, shooting a fireball into a trailer containing more fireworks, Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey said.
In Peoria, Ariz., stacks of fireworks detonated Sunday while workers were unloading them for a show, officials said. One worker suffered burns over 90 percent of her body and died yesterday at Maricopa County Medical Center. Four others were injured.
Elsewhere, seven people suffered minor injuries in West Bend, Wis.; a 13-year-old boy was in critical condition in Washington's Snohomish County; a teenager lost his fingertips at Martha Lake, Wash., and another man lost a finger in Dilworth, Minn. Gardendale, Ala., officials are investigating whether fireworks caused a house fire that killed five.
Aluminum Plant Explosion
In Louisiana Injures 21
GRAMERCY, La. -- Explosions rocked the Kaiser Aluminum plant early yesterday, injuring 21 workers .
Four of the injured were seriously burned and transferred to a burn center, said Louisiana State Police Sgt. William Davis. The rest suffered skin and eye irritations, Davis said.
A fine red powder of bauxite, possibly mixed with caustic sodium hydroxide, was visible on cars up to 1.5 miles away.
State police urged residents to shut themselves in their homes for six hours and to hose the powder from cars without touching it.
61,400 Acres Are Burned
In Central Utah Wildfire
EUREKA, Utah -- Winds died down and temperatures cooled, allowing 400 firefighters to get a handle on a wildfire that has burned more than 61,400 acres of dry grass and trees since Friday in central Utah.
The fire twice drove away area residents. No one was injured; only three abandoned shacks burned. The fire began in grass along railroad tracks and was fanned by wind gusts and hot weather, then spread when a tanker carrying diesel fuel exploded.
Meanwhile, fires of about 3,000 acres each burned in central and southern Utah and across 8,000 acres in western Colorado and eastern Utah. In Northern California, a "controlled burn" that had gone awry and consumed 2,000 acres was mostly contained.