Two people died and several others were injured Tuesday after a tree branch fell on a crowd of people watching fireworks on the Rock Island Courthouse lawn, according to WQAD.
The large branch fell on the crowd at about 9:40 p.m., killing 61-year-old Daniel Mendoza Sr. of Rock Island and 72-year-old Lawrence Anderson of Moline. Five others were injured, including a pregnant mother who later delivered a healthy baby, the television station reported.
It was not windy or stormy, but the tree was about 100 years old, Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos said.
Rock Island is in northwestern Illinois near Moline.
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