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her, thanks for watching. we'll see you again this is "world news." tonight, holiday horror. the fireworks display gone terribly wrong. the stampede that followed. the catastrophic mishap. fireworks rocketing straight into the crowd of thousands. tonight we learn how it happened and how the patients are doing right now. crisis in egypt. firefight erupting from the streets of cairo. military taking aim at supporters of the ousted president. is a key american ally now on the brink of all-out civil war? a mother's testimony. the dramatic moments, trayvon martin's mother on the stand. and hear tonight from george zimmerman's attorneys who are demanding acquittal. and "made in america." with a simple question on this holiday. those flags in your neighbor's yard and yours too, where were they made? and one thing that changed late today, getting action.
good evening. diane has the evening off. thanks for spending part of your holiday with us. we start with that american pastime on the 4th going terribly wrong in towns across america, an estimated 14,000 fireworks show. this one north of los angeles, suddenly turning terrifying. when a platform collapses, the fireworks, the rockets, shooting straight at the families in the crowd. >> oh, oh, my god! run! >> it is just incredible to listen to. thousands who had gathered running for cover, tripping, running over one another. that then led to a frantic effort to help dozens injured in the madness. abc's nick watt from the scene on how this happened and late word on the injured. >> reporter: those 4th of july high spirits, in the blink of an eye, turned to terror.
>> oh, whoa! oh, my god! whoa, whoa, run, run! >> reporter: fireworks weren't exploding in the sky, they were shooting straight at the crowd, hitting spectators like shrapnel. >> a block of wood about this big, came shooting down and it hit the side of my leg. >> reporter: firefighters and medics immediately on the scene. 36 people injured. the youngest, 17 months old. the oldest, 71 years old. one teen was transferred to a specialist burn unit. >> i think it's a miracle nobody got killed. >> reporter: investigators say one device detonated prematurely, setting off a chain reaction, a domino effect, tipping over other fireworks, which fired directly into the crowd of spectators 350 feet away. >> a big round cylinder block hit the person sitting next to me. >> i think it's getting too extreme. it used to just pop. and we'd have a good time. but now it's like extreme.
>> reporter: last night's disastrous display was staged by bay fireworks out of bethpage, new york. they've worked in the past with the new york mets, the republican national convention and nasa. in a statement today, bay fireworks says it "deeply regrets" the accident and the injuries and will carry out a "thorough and complete investigation and make our findings available to the public." this is where many spectators were sitting. some suffered burns, others were hit by projectiles like this, a chunk of charred wood with a nail sticking out of it. others trampled in the panic. 12 children injured. all of them are fine tonight, david. just two adults remain in the hospital. >> all right, that's the good news. abc's nick watt leading us off tonight. thank you. frightening picture here in america and now to the other arresting image today. this one playing out overseas. frightening scenes out of egypt tonight. supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi facing off against the military. things turn chaotic.
soldiers firing shots into the crowd of presidential supporters. as the day wore on, fires breaking out all over the city. tonight our coverage of the crisis in egypt as we ask, could this now lead to all-ought civil war? alex marquardt is live for us in cairo again tonight. alex, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. it was a tense day her in egypt that erupted tonight. that anger against the military for ousting the country's first democratically elected president turned deadly. battles in the streets of cairo tonight. supporters and opponents of the deposed president exchanging gunfire, rocks, and molotov cocktails. the army eventually arrived, but here and in clashes elsewhere, at least 30 people were reported killed. dozens more wounded. in one city far from cairo, the army opened fire as supporters
of mohamed morsi prayed, sending them running for their lives. it was a day mohamed morsi's supporters dubbed the "friday of rejection," rejecting the military takeover. earlier, an angry crowd surged toward the military compound they say is holding morsi, who has not been seen publically since his arrest wednesday night. "hit me here, hit me here," this man shouted at soldiers. then shots rang out. three were killed. hundreds of thousands of morsi's furious supporters turned out across egypt today. >> we elected him and we want him back. morsi is still my president, morsi is still my president. >> this wire that separates hundreds of armed soldiers from these thousands of morsi supporters. the clerics are trying to keep them calm. things could change very quickly. the spiritual head of the muslim brotherhood, morsi's party, told supporters to be willing to sacrifice themselves for morsi.
>> people are not going to go. they are surrounding the republican guard's headquarters until the president is handed over to them, and they will take the president back into the presidential palace. >> reporter: neither side is showing signs of backing down and that could have ripple effects well beyond egypt. some two million barrels of oil pass through the suez canal every day. and the violence there has driven up prices 7% this week, which could soon be felt at the pump. >> a key american allee lie and soon to be felt at the pump as you point out. alex, thank you. meantime back here at home tonight and to what could a pivotal day in the trial of neighborhood watchman george zimmerman, accused of murdering trayvon martin. martin's mother taking the stand, saying the voice screaming for help was her son. the prosecution resting its case and then right afterwards, the defense demanding an acquittal. what did the judge do? abc's matt gutman is in sanford, florida, at the zimmerman trial again for us tonight.
>> reporter: it was the emotional crescendo of two weeks of testimony. >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: two mothers on the stand. each claiming to hear their own son in these screams. the grieving mother of trayvon martin. >> who do you recognize that to be? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> reporter: and george zimmerman's mother? >> who's voice that was? >> my son george. >> it symbolized two weeks of seesaw proceedings, the prosecution beginning its case with a head-snapping opening statement. >> [ bleep ] punks. these [ bleep ] always get away. >> reporter: prosecutors hammering at zimmerman's credibility, catching him in inconsistencies. >> there were two people involved here, one of them's dead. one of them's a liar. >> reporter: but the prosecution's case undercut by several of its own witnesses whose testimony appeared to help the defense. the eyewitness who saw martin on top of zimmerman that night. >> he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right?
>> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: the lead investigator called by the prosecution saying he believed zimmerman's inconsistencies were minimal. >> is there anything else in this case where you got the insight he might be a pathological liar? >> no. >> reporter: and the medical examiner whose testimony today contradicted earlier statements he'd made about the case. after the prosecution wrapped, the defense said the case is so weak, they demanded the judge throw it out. >> what is before the court is an enormous amount of information that my client acted in necessary self-defense. >> reporter: the defense says they could wrap their case by the middle of next week. the big question, will zimmerman take the stand? he's the only person to have seen the start of the fight and its end. i spoke to his attorney mark o'mara, he said it's not likely. >> matt gutman, tonight, thank you. now to the economy this evening and to the new jobs numbers that are getting a lot of attention this evening. american employers creating nearly 200,000 jobs last month.
and new jobs for april and may were revised upward as well. what do the numbers really mean? is it a real recovery, and if so, why are mortgage rates and rates you pay on your car suddenly going up? here's our chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: it's a new and welcome sign in store windows across america, we're hiring. the labor department reporting today our economy has created nearly 200,000 jobs a month not just this month, but for three straight months. good news for jobseekers, but a challenge for home buyers. lisa handler is racing to buy a home for her family in atlanta, hoping to lock in record-low rates. >> we've been looking for a few months now. >> reporter: but since starting her search, rates have already climbed almost a full point. the average 30-year mortgage now 4.4%. that's because as the economy does better and better, interest rates rise. >> we were taking our time, and now we're kind of under the gun.
>> in real terms, these small moves mean big increases in the cost of owning a home. for handler, the recent jump means her family will pay $200 a month more on the mortgage. >> there's been a deluge of people rushing to lock into the rate. >> reporter: the price we pay for an economy on the mend. if you're wondering what all this means for your retirement savings. there is some good news, david. after a day of a lot of volatility, the dow ended higher by 147 points. >> actually welcoming the news. rebecca, great to see you. turning now to the terrifying accident we reported on earlier this week, the families on vacation, their children parasailing when their daughters were suddenly caught by the wind, slamming them into a building. aditi roy tonight with what we're now learning from their hospital rooms. >> she's received a severe brain trauma. >> reporter: the parents of two indiana teenagers spoke publicly for the first time about the
parasailing accident that critically injured 17-year-old alexis fairchild and sidney good. the two were parasailing while on vacation in panama beach, florida, when their line snapped. strong winds hurled the girls into two buildings. the company, aquatic adventures, says that while they adhere to best practices to minimize risks, sudden weather conditions can occur. sidney is on a ventilator, can only move her arms and legs, while alexis has been able to walk to her friend's room. there's no federal regulation of the parasailing industry, and in florida, all you need is a safe vessel and captain's license. >> i wouldn't put my children in a harness operated by an operator here in the state of florida until we have these safety requirements. >> reporter: florida state senator maria sachs has been fighting for safety regulations. there have been 429 serious injuries and 73 fatalities involved in parasailing over the last three decades in the u.s.
back in indiana, friends and family of sidney and alexis write messages of support, waiting for the girls to come home. aditi roy, abc news, new york. >> aditi, thank you. now to the case of the missing little girl. a case that made global headlines. now back in the news tonight. so many of you likely remember the image of 3-year-old madeleine mccann who vanished from a room with her siblings on a family vacation six years ago. her parents tearfully pleading for help, saying they didn't do it. tonight a glimmer of hope for those parents. here's lama hasan. >> reporter: renewed hope tonight, madeleine could be alive after a mom and dad's crusade six years in the making that began with every parent's nightmare. >> we beg you to let madeleine to come home. >> reporter: that desperate plea to find their 4-year-old who went missing from her room at this portuguese resort during a family vacation. kate and jerry mccann became prime suspects. after they were cleared, they
were still blamed for leaving their kids alone while dining 150 feet away. >> no one will ever feel more guilty than us for the fact that we were not with madeleine. >> reporter: but the mccanns never gave up, making sure that the world would never forget maddy's face. starting a massive media campaign with help from david beckham -- >> if you have seen this little girl -- >> reporter: -- to j.k. rowling offering a reward -- to the pope's blessing madeleine's picture. finally, persuading the british prime minister, david cameron, to open a multimillion dollar review of her case, leading to an official investigation by scotland yard. that's the most significant and dramatic development in the search for little madeleine since the portuguese investigation was closed in 2008 -- all because of her parents' relentless efforts. david? >> lama, thank you. and to the breaking development from the vatican today. pope francis clearing one of the post beloved popes in recent church history for sainthood. here's abc's nick schifrin now.
>> reporter: he was the pilgrim pope. the man who traveled the world inspiring a generation. john paul ii was so beloved, at his funeral, a million and a half cried "santo subito" -- sainthood now. today, their prayers were answered. >> i was here in the square after his death, realizing that i was already starting to pray, not for him, but to him. as someone who was already in heaven. >> reporter: for john paul to become a saint, three things had to happen. first, he had to live a virtuous life, and then perform what the church calls "two miracles." first the church said he cured this nun of parkinson's. and when this costa rican woman suffered an aneurysm, she says she prayed to john paul and was healed. >> in historical terms, this is a very quick canonization. >> reporter: john paul was admired on earth and now he is revered in heaven. nick schifrin, abc news, london. >> thank you, nick. still much more ahead on "world news" this friday night. the american mother and her daughter suddenly trapped in brazil tonight.
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within days of their arrival, he took hadden to court and brazilian authorities came and confiscated their american passports. hadden says her ex is trying to keep ava in brazil. >> when are you supposed to get those passports back? >> i have no time frame. i have no idea. >> reporter: hadden is scared. she started a facebook campaign called "trapped in brazil." >> i have no documents here, ultimately they could throw me in prison because i'm undocumented in this country. so my thoughts are desperation and fear on a daily basis. >> reporter: now hadden's family here at home, and two members of congress, are fighting to get her and ava back to the u.s. in a similar case, david goldman spent five years fighting to get his son back from brazil where he was taken by his mother. he finally brought sean home in 2009 and is critical of brazil's handling of these cases. >> they seem to want to do their own things, almost sort of a rogue way of custody, ignoring
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celebrating the 4th, suddenly mom says to dad, the label on our flag, made in china. we remember the frustration. >> i mean, it's crazy. i know everything we have is made in china, but even our american flag made in china. >> tonight a year later and the new outrage, this time for veterans in albuquerque, new mexico, the flags handed out by the local va medical center -- >> made in china. >> showing our local station there, the three words that really got under his skin. made in china. when our team there asked the hospital why not made in america? they said the flags had been donated. they were simply handing them out. >> it was in bad taste. the veterans deserve better than that. >> but those flags are helping china earn a fortune. making our stars and stripes. $3.6 million a year. here's the deal. american companies still make far more. you just have to look for the label. we did, companies big and small.
carol and her husband now on vacation after american flags made on their singer. our trip to ohio, the silos in the middle of the field. hoped we were getting warmer. american flag, made in america. cannon flag makers, oldest in america. made by americans, for americans, to fly by americans. >> all the way back to the civil wars and world wars i and ii. sales up 10% since last year. 15 million american flags from this factory alone. >> that's why we're here. >> that's right. and that's what we're here, to make you that flag that you're looking for. >> and it creates jobs. are you cindy? >> yes. >> i'm david. part of that team on the assembly line. and listen to this, cannon flag makers telling "world news" they'll replace the made in china flags given to veterans in albuquerque. from clovis, california, and a
coast guard commander smiling in front of his daughter and his made in america flag. and just like luke in brooklyn, we salute the americans still sewing those stars and stripes for families across america. >> and so we choose the dedicated american workers still making the american flag. the "made in america" team began to wonder about the flag we showed you last night flying as the statue of liberty reopens in new york. take a look. the giant american flag right there, well, it is american made. quinn flags, hanover, pennsylvan bay area commuters have a big reason to say t fw. if. bart trains are rolling again. >> but the bay area isn't in the clear yet. the latest on the negotiations that are still going on and the threat of another strike.
>> san francisco police released this disturbing video of an attack after saturday ace gay pride celebration and asking for your help finding who did this. >> in this summer travel season credit cards program promise to let you check bags free when you fly. >> there afamiliar sound. bart strike is over. for now. trains started to run again this afternoon but another potential strike is looming in the near future, good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and we'll have the latest on where the bart union negotiation stand in just a moment. >> first, we want to take you tloif pictures of the civic center station. the fair gates are open for the first time since sunday. cameras captured an employee reopening the station for the first time since the weekend.
>> passengers didn't know what the schedule would be. some sped through, one stopped moments before 3:00 p.m. >> the newspaper this morning said it's on strike. and when i saw the bus booth, i got goose bump autos it's great for people across the bay and not to have to deal with traffic and gridlock. bart says it needed several hours toin suspect cars, stations and tracks and other equipment before reopen to the public. >> abc 7 news was there, live, tweeting when trains started running again. these pictures taken by abc 7 news reporter showing yellow security tape going down and people boarding trains.