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Fire Breaks Out On Boston Fireworks Barge

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The fire was spotted at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday on the barge that fired off Boston’s July Fourth fireworks Monday night. (Rachel Rohr/WBUR)
The fire was spotted at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday on the barge that fired off Boston’s July Fourth fireworks Monday night. (Rachel Rohr/WBUR)

A fire that broke out on a fireworks barge in the Charles River was quickly doused before it reached some unexploded rounds.

The fire was spotted at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday on the barge that fired off Boston's July Fourth fireworks Monday night.

The Boston Fire Department's harbor unit responded and quickly had the blaze under control within an hour, making sure that flames never came close to the unexploded rounds.

There were no reports of injuries but the fire sent thick black smoke billowing across the river.

A department official thinks the fire was started by a smoldering ember that ignited a wooden frame that supports chutes that hold the explosives.

This program aired on July 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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