Mass. pulls Pyrotecnico's fireworks license
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012 17:07
NEW CASTLE, Pa.-Massachusetts has pulled the fireworks license from a Lawrence County fireworks company firm after several leftover, unexploded fireworks shells were detonated when they were hit by riding lawnmowers.
Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says the shells were left over from July 4th displays produced by New Castle-based Pyrotechnico.
Nobody was hurt because the heavy commercial mowers shielded workers from the blasts.
Coan says mowers hit shells that exploded in the Massachusetts towns of Ware, Waltham and Stoughton several days after shows in those towns. Live leftover shells were also found in two other towns.
Pyrotechnico is blaming the problem on defective fireworks from China, but company president Steve Vitale also believes Massachusetts officials are blowing the story out of proportion.