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Close call

Fireworks nearly part of the mix during storm

140-mph tornado brushed past explosives-filled storage units

Empire State Fireworks employee Norman Charrow describes Tuesday the damage a tornado caused last week at the business on Old Dare Road in Delanson.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Empire State Fireworks employee Norman Charrow describes Tuesday the damage a tornado caused last week at the business on Old Dare Road in Delanson.
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The Fourth of July almost came early to Delanson last week. Thursday’s EF3-rated tornado cut a path of destruction through Empire State Fireworks on 426 Old Dare Road that just missed six steel storage units filled with up to 25,000 pounds of explosives. The tornado sent one 10,000-pound steel storage unit rolling 300 feet and another down a hill, where they both still rested on their sides Tuesday. Those units weren’t filled with fireworks. “Fortunately, ...


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