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Rib Lake Fireworks Incident  7/11/18


  We have some details of the incident Tuesday night, July 3rd, during a fireworks celebration over Rib Lake.  According to Rib Lake Fire Chief Russ Bullis, a fireworks mortar shell exploded prematurely shortly after leaving the mortar tube and severely burned Tim Olson, one of the certified pyrotechnics launching the fireworks off an island in Rib Lake.

  Tim was severely burned on his arms and legs and a little less on his face and ear.  He was rushed by boat from the island to a waiting ambulance and taken to the UW Burn Center in Madison.   Skins grafts were performed on Tuesday.

  Members of the team shooting off the fireworks are all trained and take many hours of classes before being allowed to be a pyrotechnic.  It was NOT a Rib Lake Fire Department event, however, some Rib Lake Firemen are some of those who are professionally trained.

  A benefit for Tim Olson is being arranged.

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