As Americans prepare for July 4th celebrations, a recent tragedy looms overhead, along with some warnings for those who may consider adding fireworks to their celebrations.
Grandma’s Fireworks in Indiana recalled 18 products, a total of 25,000 individual fireworks after an explosion caused a boy, 12, to lose his hand. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ohioan Caleb Bogan found the broken end of end of a Talon rocket, lit it and as a result of his injuries lost his hand. The tragedy occured on March 19th.
Sale of the recalled fireworks is illegal and consumers are warned. If they have already purchased them, to stop using them and return them to Grandma’s Fireworks in West College Corner, Indiana. They will be granted a full refund, according to the safety commission.
Information about the 18 recalled products are listed on the CPSC website.
In an interview with his local CNN affiliate, WLWT in Cincinnati, Caleb said, “I’m glad the fireworks got recalled because I wouldn’t want anybody to go through this.” Caleb now has a prosthetic hand, according to the report.
According to the report, the “recalled fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics, which produce a loud noise and have been known to result in a greater than expected explosion.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the fireworks, there were no online sales.
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