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Fireworks spook horse at Trumbull fair, injuring deputy

Published: Sun, July 8, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

Charges expected against rodeo operator at event

Staff report


The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office plans to file felony charges Monday against the operator of the rodeo that performed at the Trumbull County Fair Friday night after an illegal fireworks show spooked a horse ridden by a mounted deputy who suffered multiple injuries.

Allen Smith, 76, of Orangeville, suffered two broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken shoulder in the fall caused by the fireworks, said Capt. Harold Firster of the sheriff’s office.

Smith is in St. Joseph Health Center in Warren and is expected to remain there until at least today, Firster said.

A rodeo official was advised before the show that fireworks were not permitted without a license, but fireworks were lit anyway, and they spooked the horses in the rodeo and the horses used by the mounted sheriff’s deputies, Firster said.

Deputy Rick Tackett said felony charges related to shooting off fireworks without a license are likely to be filed Monday after consulting with prosecutors.

The fair website called the event Broken Horn Rodeo and said it featured bull riding, bucking broncos, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.

The Trumbull County Fair concludes its 2012 run today. A fireworks display is planned at about 10 p.m. tonight at the fairgrounds in Bazetta Township.

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