Unexploded shells cause Mass. to penalize Pa. fireworks firm Pyrotecnico
Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan has suspended the license of a Pennsylvania fireworks company and three of its technicians after workers mowing lawns ran over unexploded shells from Fourth of July shows.
Coan’s office yesterday announced a one-year suspension of the Massachusetts license of New Castle, Pa.-based Pyrotecnico, which produces about 600 fireworks displays across the U.S. around Independence Day.
The size of the lawnmowers protected the workers from exploding shells in Ware, Waltham and Stoughton days after the shows. Unexploded shells were also found in Wilmington and Worcester.
Coan said an administrative hearing found that the company violated the state fire code that requires companies to search for unexploded shells the morning after a show.
Pyrotecnico representatives didn’t return a call for comment. They told investigators that they received defective fireworks from China.