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HUBBARD Fireworks victim leaves hospital



Published: Sat, August 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The state investigator will submit his report Monday.

TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

HUBBARD -- The woman most seriously injured by a fireworks explosion during this city's Founders Day celebration has been released from the hospital.

Meanwhile, the investigation into what went wrong is winding down, said Robert Sharp, an investigator with the state fire marshal's office.

Tracy Mroski, 30, of Hubbard was released this week from the Burn Trauma Center at Akron Children's Hospital.

She was taken there July 21 after being burned by a fireworks shell that exploded in a crowd of spectators at Harding Park during the celebration's concluding fireworks display.

The accident occurred about 10:30 p.m., just before the fireworks finale.

Some 17 spectators went to area hospitals, but Mroski was the only one who required hospitalization.

She didn't return a telephone message left for her, and her father, Robert, declined to comment about the medical outlook for his daughter, an English teacher in the Austintown school district.

Report to be submitted

Sharp said he would submit his report of the explosion to the fire marshal's office Monday. He would not comment on the findings of his investigation.

The probe is nearly complete, and any new information found can be added later in a supplemental report, he said.

The fireworks display was put on by Burnett Display Co., Ravenna.

"They won't give me anything until it's over," Van Burnett, company president, said of the probe's findings.

"I'm on hold just as much as anybody."

Burnett said nothing has come to light to change his mind that a shell malfunctioned after it was fired. He bought the fireworks from a Pennsylvania company.

yovich@vindy.com




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