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Two employees suffered minor injuries Friday morning after a small explosion at a western Flagler County, FL, fireworks manufacturer.

The explosion occurred just before 9 a.m. at Santore Fireworks’ 150-square-foot building on County Road 304.

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The building houses a machine that presses gunpowder into pellets.

“When something like that happens, your adrenaline pumps and your heart races,” Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said. “They are fine. We didn’t have to transport them to the hospital. They are staying at work.”

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Firefighter-paramedics arrived within minutes and put out the small fire.

“When they are pressing the powder it starts cold, but heats up in the process, and there was an unusual reaction,” Petito said.

Operations at the manufacturing site will continue as normal as they prepare for Independence Day and other events.

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