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      Fireworks blast in North Myrtle Beach injures worker

      A worker at a July Fourth fireworks show in North Myrtle Beach was hurt after a shell exploded prematurely.

      NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP/WPDE) -- A worker at a July Fourth fireworks show in North Myrtle Beach was hurt after a shell exploded prematurely.

      City spokesman Pat Dowling says part of the Cherry Grove Pier was damaged in the blast Thursday evening.

      The man was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach for treatment.

      The worker has been released from the hospital, according to Dowling.

      Dowling adds the man had minor cuts, bruises and burns.

      The show ended after just six minutes because of the explosion. But Zambelli Fireworks concluded the best way to remove the remaining fireworks was to set them off and did so later.

      Dowling says the blast put a hole in the pier and damaged part of the railing. No other damage or injuries were reported.

      The North Myrtle Beach Fire Department investigate to determine what caused the early explosion of the shell that injured the worker and damaged the pier.

      (The Associated Press and WPDE contributed to this report.)