UPDATE: Victim Identified - Explosion kills one at Palo Duro Can - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Victim Identified - Explosion kills one at Palo Duro Canyon

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    Canyon, TX - The TEXAS musical is now raising money to help the family of Peyton Trueblood, a crew member who lost her life to an accidental firework explosion at Palo Duro Canyon. 
    Canyon, TX - The TEXAS musical is now raising money to help the family of Peyton Trueblood, a crew member who lost her life to an accidental firework explosion at Palo Duro Canyon. 

UPDATE: Officials have identified the victim as 21-year-old Peyton Trueblood of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Canyon, TX - A young woman has died after an explosion Friday evening at Palo Duro Canyon.

The Randall County Sheriff's Office said fireworks being stored for the musical drama TEXAS malfunctioned and exploded near the amphitheater just before 6 p.m. The blast killed a 21-year-old stage manager.

Authorities are investigating what exactly caused the explosion and are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

The explosion sent a mushroom-like cloud into the air and triggered a number of small grass fires near the stage. Fire crews were able to extinguish those fires before they spread.

Palo Duro Canyon was evacuated shortly after the explosion, but the park is now open. Friday's performance of TEXAS was cancelled and there is no word yet on its schedule for the rest of the weekend.

This is the second tragedy to strike the cast of TEXAS in recent years. In 2013, five cast members were killed in a car accident.

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