Geri Jackson was “shocked” and “stunned” when a truck drove through a fireworks display Saturday night in Belton.
Jackson, administrator for the First Assembly of God church that sponsored the fireworks show, was in the crowd when she saw a white truck approach and drive through the show as mortar-style shells were being fired up from the ground.
“He hit the gas and spun right into the display,” Jackson said.
The incident was captured on video as the truck drove into the fireworks display, spun 360 degrees, sat still for awhile, and then drove off.
Jackson said she was glad the crew lighting the fireworks was not injured and that one of the shells did not explode beneath the truck.
“My main concern was the safety of those doing the display and those watching the display,” Jackson said in an email. “Could not understand why someone would be so reckless or why they would do something so harmful. Was relieved when the only damage was to one of the displays.”
Sandy Henricks, Belton, was shooting video of the display when the incident happened.
“My thoughts were what is he doing why are you trying to crash and ruin a good time.” Henricks said over Facebook Messenger. “The church does an awesome thing for the whole community and he’s trying to ruin it. I’m glad no one was hurt, that nothing was ruined, and the show went on.”
Jackson said there wasn’t enough evidence to file a police report on the incident.
The church as been sponsoring the event for a number of years and includes free ice cream.