Man arrested after injuring four bystanders with firework

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Zachary Kirk Mosbrucker was arrested on four counts of reckless endangerment.

PORTLAND, Ore. - One man went to jail, a man and a boy were sent to the hospital, and two women had an awful night after a fireworks mishap on Thursday.

Police said Zachary Kirk Mosbrucker of Southwest Portland was lighting off illegal fireworks in the 6500 block of Northeast Broadway when one exploded over the heads of the four victims, none of whom he knew.

The victims were 38-year-old Michael Molesworth of Southeast Portland, 18-year-old Cheyann Yates of Milwaukie, 39-year-old Gina Thornlow of Northeast Portland and a 16-year-old boy from Milwaukie.

The man and teenage boy were taken to the hospital and the women were treated at the scene.

Mosbrucker faces four counts of reckless endangerment, but is out on bail.

An Odd Twist of Fate

One of the women who was hurt in the mishap, Cheyann Yates, was in the wrong place at the wrong time for the second time this year.

Yates was in the passenger seat during an SUV accident on a Forest Service road near Estacada in March that killed 17-year-old Nicholas Portis of Milwaukie and injured six other teenagers.


Cheyann Yates, left, was injured in an SUV accident in March that killed 17-year-old Nicholas Portis. On Thursday, she was injured in a fireworks mishap in Northeast Portland (KATU file photo).