UPDATE: Storm Baseball Fireworks Mishap Injures Three

One person was critically injured with burns over 80 to 90 percent of his body; two others were also hurt.

UPDATE AUG. 31 at 8:30 p.m.: The cause of a fireworks explosion that injured three people next to The Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore Friday is under investigation.

The explosion occurred at approximately 5 p.m. in a dirt lot near The Diamond Stadium at Campbell Street as a crew was setting up a fireworks display for Storm Baseball's regular "Friday Night Fireworks" show.

"An explosion in the product occurred. We don't know what the cause was, but [it] was a catastrophic explosion that consumed the vast majority of the product," explained Steven Beach, Battalion Chief, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Two employees from a fireworks display company and one inspector from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department were setting up the show and were injured in the mishap, Beach said.

One of the fireworks company employees sustained first- and second-degree burns over 80 to 90 percent of his body, Beach said, and had to be airlifted from the scene to a nearby hospital.

The other employee and the firefighter sustained less severe burns and were both transported to area hospitals by ground ambulance.

The victims' names were not released.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, fire crews and the Riverside County Hazardous Device Team were on scene, disposing of remaining unexploded material.

Beach said crews were exercising extreme caution because investigators don't know what triggered the explosions.

Crews will be on scene throughout the investigation to determine what went wrong, Beach said.

Storm Baseball General Manager Chris Jones stated on the team's Facebook page this evening, "We regret to announce that tonight's fireworks show has been canceled due to an unfortunate accident involving setup of the fireworks show. Our thoughts and prayers are with the fireworks crew and all those involved. [The] game will still go on as scheduled at 7:05 p.m."

The explosions triggered a small vegetation blaze that burned less than a quarter acre and was quickly contained by fire crews. According to a Patch reporter on scene, a black Toyota truck -- which sustained extensive damage in the blaze -- and a Ryder truck were being used to set up the fireworks for tonight's game. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report

Roberto September 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Prayers and condolences. This is truly a tragedy. Those who posted bizzare and negative comments, I hope you get help.
Kristina September 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thank you Roberto. My nephew was a beautiful person who was taken much too soon.
Julie A. September 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Everyone here, in his home town of San Diego, loved William. Such a great kid...true to his heart and doing what he loved. We are overwhelming sad loosing him and our heart go out to his family.
Julie A. September 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
wow...great kid lost his life this am...Reverend of what
J Carabine September 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
SO sorry---- Hugs and prayers for your family. http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/man-burned-in-fireworks-dies?ncid=newsltuspatc00000003
Shannan Buffolino September 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Lets stop focusing and wasting our time on idiots like that idiot who is obviously stupid..who cares what he says ..he's not worth acknowledging.. my heart goes out to thw family of this eztremely handsome young man, barely out of his teens. As a mom of a teenage boy, my heart hurts..He is an angel who will watch over his family and friends.
Adrian September 02, 2012 at 11:15 PM
@REAL. This was not a July 4th show! Using fireworks to signal victory and celebrate a special occasion is NOT an American concept. It goes back to cultures much older than this one. This display was meant as entertainment for fans to enjoy in conjunction with the game. There was no direct link to a celebration of the "red, white and blue". Please, don't make the "America's pastime" link, because that would be dragging the waters.
Mike September 03, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Indians where killing each other off way before white man came so cut the boo hoo crap ! cave man and dinosaurs where here before you so get over false sence of entitlement . This was a horrible accident and has nothing to do with history you moron Burn your house and truck go live in a tpee and ride a horse or ....open a drug cartel money laundering casino Prayers to the loss of lives and bad karma to the stupid !
Mike September 03, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Indians where killing each other off way before white man came so cut the boo hoo crap ! cave man and dinosaurs where here before you so get over false sence of entitlement . This was a horrible accident and has nothing to do with history you moron Burn your house and truck go live in a tpee and ride a horse or ....open a drug cartel money laundering casino Prayers to the loss of lives and bad karma to the stupid !
"G" September 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
RS: You got a lot of flak for the first post, but no nod for this post. I applaud you for your understanding during this tough time for the Family & Friends of the Injured and killed. Kristina my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family and as Hope said, keep us posted on what we can do to help, or give.
Kat September 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Stop with the Indians. A young man, a wonderful young man died in a horrible accident. Please pray for his family.
Annette Cortese September 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I am so sorry for those involved in this tragedy. As a spectator many times of the wonderful fireworks show, I know these people were just trying to bring joy to the fans. This unfortunate accident has impacted so many, especially the family and friends of Will and the others who were injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Brenda September 03, 2012 at 06:19 AM
You need to ignore the comments made by the troublemakers(I will not use names I would like to) hit Flat as Inappropriate, and go on with the comments. The more you bring attention to them the more they will keep going and going and going, and keep changing names and doing it all over again. Sorry to Willies family that you are having to sift through the bad from the Good people here and thank God there are far more good then bad. Temecula is saddened to hear of his death this morning of such a vibrant young man with a great future ahead of him. God Bless
Ashley September 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Screw you negative people I hope it happens to you! Your selfish and it makes you look terribly ugly inside & out,I could go on for days....
Ashley September 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I watched this happen and believe me it was tragic! My heart & prayers goes out to the injured ones & their families
Jean Gramann September 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I lost my brother at the age of 36 to a fireworks accident. He was burned over 90% of his body. People need to know that seeing a loved one with burns is one of most heart wrenching things anyone could ever see. I know that the fireworks industry is a very dangerous thing, as many other jobs are. This was a freak accident that took someone way to soon, as did my brother. My heart aches for the family that had to see there loved one in this condition. My prayers are with you all.
Hope September 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I am so sorry to hear the news. It is heartbreaking. Please let me know if there is something that can be done in honor of William.
Kristina September 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
For his Eagle scout project, Willie built a prayer garden at Pacific Beach Christian Church (corner of Loring St and Dawes St). If you find yourself in the area, please take a moment to stop and visit and let him know you are thinking of him...thank you all for your kind words of support.
Ryan September 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
That sucks, I'm a pyrotech also. My prayers to his family and friends.
BIGTOM September 03, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Hope,did you find out a way to help?If i can help let me know.
Rude, Cruel & Disrespectful September 04, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Hostile, hostile, hostile....when will you people ever learn...
Kristina September 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
http://www.lajollawaterpolo.com/w/index.cfm There is a funeral fund link for anyone that can donate, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hope September 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Thank you Kristina!
Ann September 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I believe that this sight in this situation should be sending thoughts and prayers to the family and not have the ignorant immature comments that are made. This site has had problems with this in the past and should consider doing a better job monitoring the distasteful comments. Hope you are just not counting them as "hits" if so you carry just as much shame as those that leave the distasteful comments.
Brenda September 05, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Ann unfortunately the Lake Elsinore and Murrieta Patch are(and I hate to group everyone together but)generally rude, go off topic onto threatening each other, calling horrible names to others, give out personal information and on and on and on. Whats the worse is they are all adults and that is very sad in addition to just being so inconsiderate on a news article, or breaking news, to the editor, to others having to read through the bad to get to the good and on topic comments, and to families and friends of someone who might have been killed or seriously injured. It does need to stop and obviously it appears that the flag as inappropriate does not work. We have tried it numerous times on a couple of posts and nada, nil, nothing, still there. :/ Nothing else to do but ignore them, those who act that way and hope they will stop like any other school age bully.
David E Playaa September 05, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Anyone that wants to help? Here is your chance. http://fundly.com/willy-calabrese-memorial-fund
Kristina September 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Thank you David.
Kristina September 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
For those of you who would like to attend the service's are on Saturday, 9/8/12 @ 3:00 p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA. Thank you.
Fusstine September 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I am a kid at heart when it comes to fireworks. I see these guys setting up on game day Fridays when I get to work at the stadium. I always look forward to the show. This was a day that I will NEVER forget. It was absolutely awful to witness. My heart goes out to Will's family and friends. We are all greatly effected and wish you nothing but peace in this time of mourning. Please know that his story has spread to Nevada and this past Sunday, a congregation of 3,000+ honored him in a moment of silence and prayer. Rest in peace Will ... Always remembered!
Kristina September 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Thank you Fusstine! I relayed your post to the family.


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