Three people are missing after a warehouse filled with fireworks exploded in Kilgore Thursday afternoon.
The explosion happened around 5 pm at Lamb Entertainment near downtown Kilgore. The explosion leveled the building, destroying the company's offices and damaging nearby homes.
The mayor of Kilgore says the three people, two men and a woman were thought to be inside the building at the time of the explosion; they are still missing. Five other people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes.
A man who owns a convenience store about a half mile away says he heard 10 or 15 smaller explosions after the initial huge blase. Firefighters believe all of the explosives have been contained. At least 8 homes nearby were damaged as a result of the explosion, and Kilgore police evacuated an area spanning several blocks.