Trailer explodes in fireworks stopping I-44 traffic at Halltown, Mo.

Traffic was halted for nearly an hour on I-44 west Wednesday afternoon

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. — Just after 5:15 p.m. reports from tipsters alerted us to stopped traffic on I-44 west near the 58 MM.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a pickup hauling an enclosed trailer hauling fireworks caught fire on the right shoulder.

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Witnesses on scene tell us the trailer became fully engulfed in fire and exploding fireworks. Fire covered the west shoulder and embankment and fire in the median continued for a time as fire arrived.

The roadway was completely blocked for nearly an hour as traffic was diverted off at 61 MM west (Hood’s) that would circle back around to Halltown at 58 MM.


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No reported injuries as the pickup hauling the trailer unhooked and pulled forward. 

One lane of traffic began flowing after 6 p.m.

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