FIREWORKS – HOW AN AERIAL DISPLAY SHELL WORKS

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By Zachary J. Jason, PE, CFEI

Firework displays have long been an American tradition.  Whether on the 4th of July, New Years Eve or at a major sporting event, we have all witnessed these stunning pyrotechnic displays.  The common spectator, however, has never seen first hand the destructive potential these explosive devices can have when things go awry.

When firework accidents occur, the liability exposure to claims of negligence, personal injury and property damage can be substantial for the municipality or corporation in charge of the display.  Due to this increased exposure, it is necessary that a proper investigation be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.  Since there are many different components to a professional fireworks display, it may be difficult to find an expert experienced and knowledgeable on the subject to manage the investigation.

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