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Pyrotecnico License Suspended for Leaving “Unexploded Shells” Behind

WARE, Mass. (WGGB) — The company responsible for leaving unexploded fireworks shells in parks this past summer, including in Ware, won’t be celebrating the Fourth of July next year in Massachusetts.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan suspended Pyrotecnico’s license through July 4, 2013. He said three of the company’s shooters failed to “adequately do” the required “first light search” for any unexploded shells.

“It is unacceptable that a child might wander from a playground and pick up one these shells,” said Coan.

Luckily that didn’t happen. Once police discovered what was going on, they went back found all of them before they exploded.

The licenses of the three shooters involved were also suspended. Suspensions range from six months to three years.

In a statement, Stephen Vitale, President of Pyrotecnico said, “An internal review of our procedures determined that the unexploded shells were the result of a defective product, which we separated from our inventory and permanently removed from use. This internal review will also inform enhancements to our safety training procedures moving forward.”

Unexploded shells were also found after shows in Worcester, Stoughton, Waltham and Wilmington.


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