Fireworks Mishaps, Parade Fatalities Mar Fourth of July Displays

Source: Kevin Dolak and Alexis Shaw / ABC News

While many Americans around the country rang in the Fourth of July at beaches and barbeques, parade accidents and fireworks mishaps caused some Independence Day celebrations to turn tragic.

An 8-year-old boy riding atop a float died after his father accidentally ran him over at an Edmond, Okla., parade, Edmond Police Department Officer James Hamm told

Aidon Hooper was riding on a martial arts group’s float when he either got off or fell off the float on Thursday, Hamm said. When the truck pulling the float started moving, Aidon was pulled underneath the trailer’s wheels and run over.

Aidon’s father, Quinton Hooper, 43, was driving the truck pulling the float, Hamm said.

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