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ALERT: Major recall on fireworks just in time for the Fourth of July

What would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? Well, it depends. There’s a big difference between enjoying a controlled fireworks display and kids (adults too) running around the neighborhood shooting off their own fireworks. I’m sure you can guess which option is safer.

Every year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues warnings about the dangers of fireworks. Sometimes the commission also issues recalls.

This year is no different. The CPSC has just issued a recall of thousands of fireworks sold by four companies. We’ll tell you what companies are affected and how you can get more information.

Dangerous fireworks recalled

Grandma’s Fireworks

About 25,000 fireworks sold under several names by Grandma’s Fireworks have been recalled. The CPCS states that the fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics to produce an audible effect, violating the federal regulatory standard for this product. Also, overloaded fireworks can result in a larger than expected explosion and possible injuries to consumers.

An eight-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy recently found the broken end of a Talon rocket, lit it and were injured. The younger boy lost his hand. The Oxford, Ohio Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated these fireworks and worked with CPSC to initiate this recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks and return them to Grandma’s Fireworks for a full refund. The fireworks were sold at Grandma’s Fireworks in West College Corner, Indiana, from January 2009 through April 2019. There were no online sales.

For more information on which brands of Grandma’s Fireworks have been recalled, call 765-732-3866 anytime or email gmasheila@woh.rr.com and hannonc@aol.co.

GS Fireworks

About 260 fireworks sold under various names by GS Fireworks have been recalled. Like Grandma’s Fireworks, the CPCS states that the fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics to produce an audible effect, violating the federal regulatory standard for this product. They also pose a safety hazard for consumers.

The Michigan State Fire Marshal’s office investigated these fireworks and worked with CPSC to initiate this recall. No injuries connected to the fireworks have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks and return them to GS Fireworks for a full refund. The fireworks were sold exclusively at GS Fireworks in Wyoming and Michigan from March 2018 through May 2018. The fireworks cost between $10 and $125.

For more information on which brands of GS Fireworks have been recalled, call 616-304-8800 anytime or email jewell.david@att.net.

 

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Patriot Pyrotechnics

About 11,000 fireworks sold under various names by Patriot Pyrotechnics have been recalled. The CPCS states that the fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics to produce an audible effect, violating the federal regulatory standard for this product. They also pose a safety hazard for consumers.

No injuries have been reported in connection with these fireworks. The Michigan State Fire Marshal’s office investigated these fireworks and worked with CPSC to initiate the recall.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks and return them to Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks for a full refund. They were sold exclusively at Patriot Pyrotechnics in Sheridan, Michigan, from January 2017 through July 2018 for between $100 and $125.

For more information on which brands of Patriot Pyrotechnics are being recalled, call Bill’s Fireworks at 616-527-1337 anytime or email fireworks@casair.net.

Keystone

This recall involves 1,660 G-Force Artillery Shells packaged in a box of six with the tube included. The tube contains the G-Force logo in red and yellow. The shells are covered in a blue wrapping.

The fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics intended to produce an audible effect, violating federal regulatory requirements for this product. Overloaded fireworks can result in physical harm to consumers.

The fireworks are banned hazardous substances and are prohibited from being sold under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. There have been no reports of injuries associated with the product.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Keystone Fireworks sold the fireworks at various locations from November 2018 through May 2019 for about $60.

For more information, call Keystone at 717-299-3180 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, by email at info@keystonefireworks.com or visit keystonefireworks.com.

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