Fireworks Prompt Report Of Plane Crash

HARDIN, Ky. (AP) -- An explosion in western Kentucky turned out to be the plane crash that wasn't.

Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars told The Paducah Sun ( that a motorist reported possible downed aircraft Saturday night near Hardin in Marshall County.

Search efforts were called off two hours after the report.

Byars and Duane Hawes, deputy director for Marshall County Emergency Management, say a motorist reported hearing a boom and seeing an orange glow around 8 p.m. Emergency responders from Marshall and Calloway counties searched between Hardin and Dexter but found no aircraft.

Hawes and Byars say a church group shot off fireworks in the area about the same time as a gas container caught fire and exploded, creating a loud noise. Byars says that caused the motorist to make the report.

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