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Accident: 14529077 - One Employee Killed And One Injured By Igniting Fireworks

Accident: 14529077 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 08/19/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10877348208/21/19957999Atlas Advanced Pyrotechnics, Inc.
Employee #1 and #2 were setting up a fireworks display. Several 5 in. diameter shells had been loaded in their respective mortars. The group of 12 pvc pipe mortars was built in a wooden rack. Employee #1 was standing in front of the rack, using a manual staple gun to staple the quick matches to the top of the rack, when one of the mortars fired. The shell struck Employee #1 in the face, as he evidently was leaning over the mortar when the shell fired. He suffered massive craniocerebral trauma and died shortly thereafter. Employee #2, who was standing to the right of Employee #1, suffered minor burns to his face and neck and was treated and released that evening. Cause of the ignition of the shell was believed to be a spark from the steel staple striking dirt on the wood rack or friction igniting the quick match.
Keywords: set up, fireworks, pyrotechnics, ignition system, hand tool, spark, fire, burn, face, neck
Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108773482 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported
2 108773482 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported