Alcoa police are investigating an incident that left one woman badly burned after fireworks were thrown into her vehicle early on the morning of July 5.
According to an Alcoa Police Department press release, the 36-year-old woman was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with second and third degree burns on her lower back, buttocks and legs. She was subsequently transported to the burn center at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
The passenger, a 40-year-old woman, was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital and treated for superficial burns to her shoulder and lower back. The passenger also was treated for chest pains.
The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m., July 5, in the 200 block of West Fulton Street. Officers responded to a call that three African American males between 15 and 20 years old had thrown fireworks into a vehicle. “The fireworks ignited the interior of the vehicle causing the female’s clothing to catch fire,” police said regarding the driver.
Alcoa police is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the three men involved in the incident. Anyone with information can contact detective Kris Sanders at 865-380-4964 or the Alcoa Police Department’s 24-hour crime hot line at 865-380-4715.