THIS is the shocking moment a huge pile of 4th of July fireworks malfunctioned in Ocean City, Maryland.

The dramatic explosions caught on camera sent beachgoers running for cover on the beach near Dorchester Street.

Onlookers told ABC that there was a series of blasts from a firework truck parked on the beach.

Beachgoers captured footage showing columns of billowing smoke up from the area where the fireworks were being held.

The fireworks detonated hours ahead of the planned Independence Day display.

Ocean City Fire Department confirmed that there was an  "unintentional discharge of fireworks that were being set up on the beach for the Town's fireworks show."

They said there weren't any injuries to beachgoers or pedestrians on the boardwalk.

However, several firework handlers suffered minor injuries.

Maryland's State Fire Marshal said on Twitter that they were investigating the incident.

“Our Fire Marshals are on the scene and will investigate the cause of the unintentional discharge,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers.

According to Ocean City police, the Ocean City Fire Department was alerted of a vehicle fire at Dorchester Street and the beach.

“Firefighters arrived to find that no vehicle was on fire; however, there was an unintentional discharge of fireworks that were being set up on the beach for the town’s fireworks show,” police said.

Police said an employee of the fireworks company suffered minor injuries and refused to be taken to a hospital.

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