July 5, 2007

3 shot to death in dispute over fireworks, police say

another reason not to have fireworks [LAAG]


# Story Highlights
# Firefighter arrested in connection with fatal shootings near his home in Cleveland
# Near Seattle, man shot to death during argument at fireworks event
# Near Detroit, two injured in explosion; police think they were making fireworks
# In Florida, man charged with arson in fireworks chain reaction; two injured

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- A neighbor apparently angry about noisy fireworks shot three people to death early Thursday and wounded two others, police said.

Terrance Hough Jr., a 35-year-old off-duty firefighter, was arrested in connection with the shootings near his home shortly after midnight, police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said. No charges had been filed Thursday morning.

The shooter was apparently upset about loud noise from fireworks at a house next door and opened fire, killing two men and a woman, all in their early- to mid-20s, Stacho said. He said another man was shot in the elbow and a woman was wounded in the hand.

The area of neat ranch homes overlooking the industrial Cuyahoga River valley is popular among firefighters and police officers who are required to live in the city.

Near Seattle, Washington, another man was shot during an argument at a fireworks celebration and died after aid workers trying to help him felt threatened by a hostile crowd, authorities said.

More than 100 people were present when the two men began arguing around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot in Skyway, an unincorporated area between Seattle and Renton, Washington. Paramedics called after the shooting found the crowd so threatening, they had to quickly take the wounded man out to continue CPR, said David Nelson, a spokesman for county Fire District 20.

Sheriff's Detective Bob L. Conner said it was unclear whether moving the man before continuing CPR was a factor in his death. King County sheriff's deputies were searching for the suspect.

In a Detroit suburb, an explosion that could be felt blocks away injured two brothers who authorities believe were trying to make fireworks in a maintenance building at an apartment complex.

The men, in their 30s, were in critical condition following the Fourth of July blast in Oakland County's Independence Township, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, authorities said.

"Obviously something went wrong, we're not sure if it was static electricity or they did something else stupid," said Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McCall.

Authorities believe the two men, whose identities were not released, were using explosive powder to build fireworks, but said the explosion was under investigation.

In Port Richey, Florida, a woman and her 5-year-old son suffered minor injuries when a man lit a firecracker in a fireworks stand, setting off a chain reaction of hundreds of fireworks. The woman sprained her ankle while trying to escape the burning roadside stand, and her son's hair and head were scorched.

Tony Glenn Rogers, 39, of Tampa was arrested on arson charges and was being held on $51,000 bond Thursday, Pasco County sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. Deputies were searching for another suspect. It was unclear from court and jail records Thursday if Rogers had a lawyer.

In St. Pete Beach, Florida, a mortar from a fireworks show triggered an explosion that shattered 22 windows at a motel. Four people at the motel were cut by flying glass and eight working on the fireworks show suffered minor injuries, said city spokeswoman Natalie Strong.

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