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After the Fourth

Two Men Suspects In Blasts of Fireworks

SPENCER—Two men have been named as suspects and jailed after blasts of fireworks exploded near an area where firemen worked to contain a fire in Spencer. Derek Dewayne Shaw and Jayden Desharp Edwards are the two suspects named by police.

Oklahoma City firemen had responded to a trash container fire early Sunday morning, and they faced that blaze but also a surprising onslaught of mortar rocket fireworks from an adjacent apartment complex. Fireman Rick Horner told police one rocket landed on the ground between his legs.

The explosion caused temporary hearing loss for the fireman, police said.

“We’ve never seen something like this,” said Deputy Chief Marc Woodard. “We’ve had some crazy things happen, but this was a little bit unusual.” Deputy Chief Woodard has been with the department for nearly 30 years.

Firefighters at the scene, 3900 Dunjee Blvd., called for police backup shortly after midnight and told them where the fireworks were being launched.

As officers walked behind an apartment in the complex, a man opened a door and threw out a mortar launching tube, then closed the door, police said.

Officers entered the apartment and detained two men; Derek Dewayne Shaw, 22, and Jaylen Desharo Edwards, 19, both of Oklahoma City.

The firefighters and an anonymous caller told police the two suspects matched the description of those launching fireworks from the apartment, police said.

Mr. Shaw and Mr. Edwards were booked into Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of the use or threat to use an explosive, incendiary or simulated bomb to damage or injure a person or property, according to the police report.

Mr. Shaw remained in jail Monday on $24,000 bail.

Mr. Edwards was released on bond Sunday.

The firefighter who suffered temporary hearing loss from the incident is recovering well and did not require medical attention, Deputy Chief Woodard said.