Fireworks injure people in Salt Lake and Provo, including LDS musician Jenny Oaks Baker

by | Jul. 27, 2010

News from Utah

The fireworks accident was the second malfunction at a major event this month. Six people were treated for burns and bruises at Provo's Stadium of Fire show during a Fourth of July celebration when a wayward mortar landed in the crowd.

Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker was one of those who was injured in Provo. She had performed at the Stadium of Fire show earlier and was injured during the subsequent fireworks display. She talked about her experience Sunday during an LDS fireside in South Jordan and with the Deseret News Monday night.

Baker was sitting in the stadium holding her 3-year-old son when she noticed exploded errant fireworks heading toward her. She turned her back to protect her son, who was asleep on her lap, and the fireworks hit her in the back, igniting her gown, burning her shoulder and singeing her hair, said Baker, who is the daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve. Her son wasn't hurt.

"A stranger from the audience saw me and patted (the fire) out. I didn't even know (I was on fire). I just remember feeling my back being patted," she said.

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