Fireworks store catches fire in Campbell County

Chris Goad

PIONEER, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 60 firefighters from 14 departments worked together to put out a fire at a fireworks store in Campbell County.

It happened around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fireworks Super Store on Howard Baker Highway, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 141.

Witnesses say at one point fireworks were shooting onto the highway and burning the grass.

Officials eventually shut the road down until the fire was extinguished.

Firefighters say the traffic made it hard to get to the scene.

Crews say they had to fight this fire from the outside.

"When you see something like this and the exploding shells, you know you're going to have to go defensive -- right off the bat and stay back. The main thing is to protect, and once you find everyone is out, you have to protect your responders also," says Robert Stooksbury with the Caryville Fire Department.

No one was hurt. We're told everyone inside the business made it out when the fire started.

The building is a total loss. The owner says she has no idea what caused it since she took all the necessary precautions.

Firefighters expect to monitor the scene throughout the night.

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