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2 children injured as driver shoots at car in 4th of July road rage incident, setting off fireworks

Fireworks explode from car in frightening 4th of July road rage incident
WATCH: Fireworks explode from a car in a frightening 4th of July road rage incident

Two young Houston-area children are in critical condition following an argument between their father and another motorist who fired a gun into their family car and ignited fireworks that caused the car to be engulfed in flames.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says a “road rage incident” led to the gunfire Thursday after the father and his wife had purchased fireworks. They were driving with their one-year-old child and another child believed to be one to three years old.

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Gonzalez says the father drove away following the gunfire but the family was forced to flee the car when flames consumed it. Passersby took the family to a nearby health clinic and the children were airlifted to a Galveston hospital with severe burns.

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Authorities are searching for the shooter.