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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE - Four teens remain hospitalized after they burned when fireworks exploded inside their car.

Sparta Police Lieutenant David Livingston said at around 4:30 a.m. Monday, employees from Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Sparta called police to say they were treating five 17-year-olds from Sparta for burns from a fireworks explosion.

Investigators believe the teens were driving around the Sparta area and tried to throw a lit firework out of the window when it exploded inside the vehicle.

The driver of the car was able to drive to the hospital and four of those injured were airlifted to burn centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Police are not releasing the names of the teenagers, but they say all five attended Sparta high school.

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Five teens are burned when a piece of fireworks exploded inside the car they were riding in.

Sparta Police Lieutenant David Livingston states at around 4:30 a.m., employees from Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Sparta called police to say they were treating five 17-year-olds from Sparta for burns from a fireworks explosion.

Investigators believe the teens were driving around the Sparta area and tried to throw a lit firework out of the window when it exploded inside the vehicle.

Despite their injuries, the driver was able to make it to the hospital.  

All five teens were injured.  Four of the five were taken via medical helicopters to various medical facilities around the region for treatment.

Sparta Police along with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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