2 killed after tree branch falls during fireworks show in Rock Island, Ill.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (WLS) —

Two people were killed killed and five others injured after a tree branch collapsed on them during a fireworks event in Rock Island, Ill.

It happened suddenly Tuesday night at a celebration while dozens of people were sitting under a tree. Many got away safely and others tried to lift up the giant branch to help those trapped beneath it.

The Rock Island Sheriff’s Department said the branch fell without any warning, crushing families sitting underneath the tree.

One person died at the scene and another person died later at a hospital. Witnesses tried to help move the tree before first responders arrived.

Some spectators who heard the sudden collapse thought it was part of the fireworks display. Some of those hit by the branch remain hospitalized.

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