China Pyrotechnics, Inc. Recalls Two Fireworks Devices

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JUNE 27, 1993

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Release # 93-087

 

China Pyrotechnics, Inc. Recalls Two Fireworks Devices

PRODUCT: "Magnum Force and "Gold Rush" seven-shot fireworks display devices manufactured by China Pyrotechnics, Inc. and sold by American Importers in Alabama, Kansas, and South Carolina. The devices consist of seven tubes with a single connecting fuse. Approximately 4,500 Magnum Force devices were sold for a retail price of $19.99 each and approximately 5,000 Gold Rush devices were sold for a retail price of $21.99 each.

PROBLEM: The fireworks display devices may tip over during operation and fire the charges horizontally or at various angles, resulting in death or serious injury to persons nearby.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to stop using these devices immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call China Pyrotechnics, Inc. at 1-800-243-1189.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), China Pyrotechnics, Inc., Florence, AL is voluntarily recalling its "Magnum Force" and "Gold Rush" fireworks display devices. These display devices may tip over during operation and fire the charges horizontally or at various angles, resulting in serious injury to persons nearby. Although the Commission is not aware of any incidents involving these particular fireworks devices, the Commission knows of two incidents involving larger multiple-shot devices manufactured and sold by other firms which tipped over, struck, and killed the victims.

The devices were imported from January 1993 to June 1993. The devices are 6-1/2 inches in diameter by 10-3/4 inches high and have seven tubes with a single connecting fuse. The Magnum Force device is labeled in part: "MAGNUM FORCE*** CP298 *** TNT***MADE IN CHINA." The Gold Rush device is labeled in part: "GOLD RUSH***CP279***MADE IN CHINA."

The devices were sold nationwide from January 1993 to June 1993 through three distributors located in Florence, AL; Wichita, KS; and Rowesville, SC. The firm sold 4,090 Magnum Force devices with a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. The firm sold 2,721 Gold Rush devices with a suggested retail price of $21.99 each.

Consumers are urged to stop using these fireworks devices immediately. Consumers are encouraged to return the devices to the stores or stands where purchased for a full refund. If the stands are closed or if consumers have other questions, contact China Pyrotechnics, Inc. toll free at 1-800-243-1189.

CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.