Officials investigating fire at fireworks store as possible arson

Storage containers holding fireworks burst into flames at a South Carolina fireworks business.

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Storage containers holding fireworks burst into flames at a South Carolina fireworks business.

Firefighters had to dodge exploding rockets to douse a spectacular fire that destroyed containers of fireworks stored for sale on the Fourth of July.

Now, investigators believe that fire may have been intentionally set. According to the York County deputy fire marshal, they are investigating to fire as a possible arson.

No other details about the investigation have been released.

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Crews spent nearly an hour extinguishing the fire that broke out before dawn at the fireworks storage center in Fort Mill.

>>Photos: Fireworks storage containers go up in flames

Emergency crews were called around 5:45 a.m. to the fireworks storage containers near Davey Jones Fireworks along Carowinds Boulevard, just off Interstate 77.

Shells and rockets burst through the metal containers, sending colorful showers into the air above Davey Jones Fireworks and the House of Fireworks.

WSOC crews on the scene could see flames and smoke billowing from the area.

York County deputies said the fire was not actually at the fireworks store but started in containers just outside the store.

Viewer video sent to WSOC showed the fireworks shooting into the sky and exploding just before dawn.

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