HOUSTON – A family has a long road to recovery after its truck exploded in an incident, that investigators are connecting to road rage.
The whole family -- the mother, the father and their 1-year-old and 2-year-old boys -- are now dealing with burns. But, the parents said, they are thankful to have survived.
"Grateful. I mean, God is a merciful God, and I'm so thankful that (my sons) are alive," Reginald Smith, the father, said.
Their 2-year-old son, Messiah, and 1-year-old son, Bentley, were burned from head to toe after fireworks ignited in their truck after the vehicle was shot at on July Fourth.
"(Messiah and Bentley) steal my heart every time, since they were born, but they really showed me their strength with this incident, you know," Smith said.
Smith said the family was excited to light fireworks on the holiday when Smith got into an argument with another man who was driving. Smith said the man then followed their car to a gas station. He said he and the man exchanged words.
Smith said he told the man that the argument was not worth pulling out a gun. When Smith went into the car to drive off, he said the man and pulled out a rifle and opened fire. In the back of Smith's car was $250 worth of fireworks.
"I hear all of the explosions and in that moment you think, 'Man, this is like stuff that's happening in the movies,'" Smith said.