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Community supports firefighter injured in fireworks explosion

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Rib Lake, Wis. (WAOW) -

A firefighter got hurt volunteering to launch fireworks for the Rib Lake Fourth of July show. He was taken to a hospital in Madison Tuesday.

Those who are in charge of the fireworks said everyone who volunteers is officially certified. They even light the fireworks off an island in the middle of the lake as an added safety measure.

"We did everything by rule and by the law, it was just unfortunate," said Kevin Radtke, who has launched fireworks for the holiday for more than 20 years. "It was just an incident that happened that nobody could foresee."

People in the small community said they have been thinking about the hurt firefighter nonstop since the accident. 

"I just hope for a speedy recovery, that's all we can hope for," said Jill Behrens. 

Dawn Krueger feels the same way. 

"Everybody is sending hugs, prayers," she said.

The official cause of the explosion is still being looked into. 

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