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  • #31
    MILL CREEK, Wash. (AP) - Fireworks were blamed for an apartment
    fire Sunday morning that left 14 people homeless.
    All the residents safely escaped the burning building, said
    Leslie Hynes of Snohomish Fire District I.
    Damage was estimated at $550,000.
    The blaze at the Millwood Estates destroyed three apartments and
    damaged five others.
    Hynes said she believes someone shot an illegal firework from a
    nearby property. It landed on a sofa that had been stored outside
    the apartment building, starting the blaze.
    The occupants of the three destroyed units had no insurance.

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    • #32
      Information please.

      Can anyone tell me the location of the dungeon that this so called "Chief" was being held, when not realising that fireworks cause some (not all)fires?

      Where on earth has this retard been hiding?

      And if he is a "Chief" what is the rest of his crews like?
      "If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
      Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!


      • #33
        This is the thread that began the discussion. Chief Donovan never replied on these forums.

        Selling fireworks
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        • #34
          CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Montgomery firefighter is recovering
          from an injury to his eyes caused by a fireworks rocket that went
          off inside a mortar tube as he tried to light it during an
          Independence Day celebration.
          Rodney Perdue, a licensed pyrotechnician, was released from a
          hospital late Monday, said fire Chief David Thomas of the
          Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department.
          The incident occurred about halfway into a 20-minute fireworks
          show Monday at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
          "It caused a flash burn to his eyes, just like a welding
          flash," Thomas said. "They're checking his hearing, and he has
          some partial sight loss, but they feel like it's going to come
          back. They don't expect long-term damage. It sounded a lot worse
          than what it wound up being."
          After Perdue was taken to a hospital, other firefighters
          continued igniting fireworks. When another rocket went off in a
          mortar tube like the one that injured Perdue, the rest of the show
          was canceled, Thomas said.
          "We know we got some bad fireworks," he said. "Everything we
          were doing was by the book. All our guys were wearing safety
          glasses and their bunker gear."
          Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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          • #35
            From the Firehouse.com front page

            Fire Destroys Waipahu Apartment Complex
            Multiple Fires Stretch HFD Crews

            POSTED: 4:42 p.m. HST July 5, 2005
            UPDATED: 9:58 a.m. HST July 6, 2005

            Story by The Hawaii Channel

            WAIPAHU, Oahu, Hawaii -- Fire engulfed an apartment complex in Waipahu Tuesday, leaving families homeless. This happened while the department was busy at multiple fires.

            The Honolulu Fire Department went into Level 3 Tuesday, meaning more than 50 percent of all firefighters were actively fighting fires.

            There were brush fires at Iroquois Point, Waianae and at the Hawaii Metal Recycling Plant at the same time as the Waipahu building fire.

            Firefighters arrived at 94-241 Aniani Place to find flames wrapping the two-story apartment building. The apartment building was made out of a wooden frame.

            Residents and nearby neighbors said fireworks thrown into dry grass started the fire.

            "I saw the kids that played with the fireworks and they were running in and running out," building manager Tavita Tuaau said.

            The fire destroyed all eight units in the building. Fire officials said the building and its contents were a total loss.

            "I was doing laundry and I smelled smoke and I ran and told my mom. We called and called 911 like 10 times and no one showed until about 15 minutes later," resident To Famamao said.

            HFD reports it got the call at 11:42 a.m. and was on scene at 11:49 a.m.

            "Sadly all the people have been displaced as a result of it," HFD Capt. Emmit Kane said.

            Firefighters were at the same location Monday, putting out a grass fire behind the building that was also started by fireworks.

            Some of the displaced residents said they will stay with family. Others are not sure where they'll go. The Red Cross has begun helping the families.

            Copyright 2005 by TheHawaiiChannel.com


            • #36
              Teen's fireworks start small grass fire

              GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Fireworks are again to blame for starting a
              fire in Jefferson County.
              A 16-year-old boy got a ticket today after a firework he set off
              started a small grass fire at a private residence. Firefighters
              were able to extinguish the blaze quickly and no property was
              The ticket was for fourth degree arson and the teen will now
              have to appear before a judge.
              Fireworks are also believed to have started a wildfire north of
              Golden last week, a blaze that destroyed a shed and came
              dangerously close to some homes. Investigators are expected to
              decide this week whether the three juveniles who allegedly used the
              fireworks should face criminal charges.

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              • #37
                Fireworks explosion leaves 3 injured
                By Michele Munz
                Of the Post-Dispatch

                Fireworks explode at river level on a barge in the Missouri River near Hermann, Mo. on Monday.
                (Ken Kunstmann)

                HERMANN, Mo. - On Monday night, Herb Hurst and Melissa Stigman were enjoying a typical Fourth of July with their kids, eating kettlecorn and waiting for Hermann's 30-minute annual fireworks show to start.

                What they got instead was a show that erupted in 30 seconds, creating a blast that rattled windows three miles away. Bright flashes filled the grounds, they said, as Hurst's 9-year-old son Chris scrambled from his blanket and jumped into his father's lap. The boy sobbed for the next 10 minutes as nearly 2,000 other people watched in awe from their viewing area at Riverfront Park on the south side of the Missouri River as the conflagration unfolded on the north shore. Emergency crews flew across the two-lane bridge to the other side.

                "People sat there for a while wondering, 'What just went on? What in the world did we just see? Who's over there, and is anybody hurt?'," said Dolores Smith, one of the spectators.

                Chris put his hands together and asked God to keep everybody safe.

                Just as many others did that day, Hurst and Stigman said they took the children to watch the 4 p.m. parade down the center of the city. They went to the park for the kiddy tractor pull - which really involves tricycles - and turtle races. People watched the Hermann Municipal Band play, and they ate bratwurst and homemade ice cream.

                Only 2,700 live in the city, known for its wineries and antique shops. But the show brings many visitors from nearby towns. The city's 55 bed and breakfasts all were full.

                The fireworks show started a bit late, around 9:30 p.m.

                "Then all of a sudden, chaos happened," said Hurst, 41.

                Witnesses describe bright flashes of colors filling the beach that then turned into a giant bonfire. And the sound almost knocked one over, people said. Veterans likened it to the explosion of an ammunition dump.

                All-American Display Fireworks had been hired by the Hermann Chamber of Commerce to put on the show, as it had for the last 15 years. Hermann Police Chief Frank Tennant said a crew member told him burning debris from a misfire or low burst ignited the explosives. The initial blast started a chain reaction, detonating nearly all of the display - about 700 pounds worth, according to the Missouri Fire Marshal's office, which is investigating the incident.

                Three members of the five-man crew suffered burns: Brad Link, 26, James Pollard, 25, and Cory Carson, 17. They are believed to be from the Greenwood, Mo., area, a Kansas City suburb where the fireworks company is located.

                They were treated in the emergency room at the Hermann Area District Hospital and later taken to the burn unit at Columbia Regional Hospital. Their injuries are not life-threatening, and they were in stable condition Tuesday, Tennant said.

                Officials with All-American Display, which also operates the wholesale fireworks company Wald & Co. Inc., would not comment until the investigation is complete. Its Web site says the company started in 1924 and has satellite offices in Ellinwood, Kan., and San Antonio. "Our reputation of excellent variety, quality and service is equaled only by our safety record," the site reads.

                Olan Stemme, a Chamber of Commerce board member, said the organization has had a good relationship with the operators and planned to keep using the company. "They are very methodical, very precise, very specific about what they do," he said.

                Stemme added: "We feel real, real fortunate that no one was fatally injured or really seriously injured."

                Reporter Michele Munz
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                Phone: 314-340-8263
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                • #38
                  Fireworks’ uses renew concerns
                  Burn unit director recalls past injuries.

                  By JASON ROSENBAUM of the Tribune’s staff
                  Published Sunday, June 26, 2005
                  Thousands of people each year in Mid-Missouri watch fireworks illuminate the sky during the Independence Day weekend.

                  James Kraatz, director of the George David Peak Memorial Burn Unit at University Hospital, said he has treated people who’ve had fireworks explode much closer to the ground.

                  "Last year on the Fourth of July, we were pretty busy," Kraatz said. "We had, I believe, nine patients admitted as the result of fireworks injuries. However, that was a little bit exceptional. Typically I’d say we’d admit two or three injuries in the course of the week surrounding the Fourth of July."

                  Such injuries can be severe.

                  "I’ve seen injuries in which people lost most of the fingers on their hand as a result of homemade fireworks. I’ve also seen injuries where people were blinded as the result of being inadvertently shot in the face with commercially available fireworks," Kraatz said.

                  "I believe last year the patients under the age of 18 that we saw were evenly divided either between sparkler injuries, in which they grabbed a hot sparkler they thought was out, or a fire cracker that went off in a hand," he said.

                  Since it is legal to shoot off fireworks outside Columbia’s city limits, fire officials from Columbia and Boone County are urging people to exercise caution when using the potentially dangerous explosives.

                  Columbia Fire Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said if a person is caught launching fireworks inside city limits, they could face as much as a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

                  "Neither the Columbia police or fire department want to issue summonses," Sapp said. "We’d rather have willful compliance: people doing the right thing and following the rules."

                  Capt. Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said the fire district usually doesn’t run into too many fireworks problems during the Fourth of July, as long as they’re legally sold.

                  "The problem we run into are the illegal fireworks," Blomenkamp said.

                  Blomenkamp said fireworks become illegal and dangerous when people wire multiple fireworks together or add an inordinate amount of gunpowder to one firework.

                  "They get too big, and people don’t anticipate what the firework is going to do," Blomenkamp said. "They don’t really know if that thing is going to fly horizontally or vertically. Those are the things that we don’t want people to do."

                  Kraatz said accidents with homemade fireworks can be fatal and added that injuries from commercially available fireworks can be substantial.

                  "From the standpoint of commercially available Class C fireworks, I think that it’s much, much more common for people to have disfiguring, disabling or even blinding injuries as a result of inappropriate use of fireworks," Kraatz said.

                  Blomenkamp said people need to take a number of safety measures if they decide to use fireworks. He said the fireworks should be positioned vertically and that there should be a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in the event of an accidental fire.

                  He also said it’s important to keep a safe distance from the fireworks as they’re readied for launch.

                  "People tend to want to light them off too closely," he said.

                  Blomenkamp added that people should not shoot off fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.

                  "Alcohol and fireworks do not mix," he said.

                  Sapp said residents of Columbia and Boone County would be better off not launching fireworks on their own.

                  "We recommend going to one of the shows put on by the professionals," Sapp said. "It’s just a safer means to enjoy fireworks."

                  Reach Jason Rosenbaum at (573) 815-1723 or [email protected].

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                  • #39
                    Posted on Wed, Jun. 29, 2005

                    Playing with fire on the 4th

                    As fireworks injuries rise, experts stress safety, caution

                    By GREGORY S. REEVES

                    The Kansas City Star

                    Conrad Bonney wasn’t too happy last July 4 when his parents wouldn’t allow him to shoot off fireworks. Too dangerous, they said.

                    So they would only let the 11-year-old watch others shoot them off across the street. But as Conrad sat on the ground watching, a fireball from a “fountain” shot up the leg of his shorts. It lodged between his thighs, melting his boxers and burning his skin.

                    “It was just a freak accident, but I don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” said the Kansas City youngster.

                    Conrad underwent four skin grafts and spent 24 days at Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of that time in the burn unit. His advice for other kids this Fourth of July: Stay away from fireworks. Far away.

                    “I’m trying to get the point out not to do them,” he said, “even though I’m going to miss them.”


                    » July 4 | interactive feature from The Star


                    Last year was particularly bad for fireworks injuries locally — a 4-year-old Platte County girl died, and a woman and six children were burned when a bag of fireworks exploded in a sport-utility vehicle. Fireworks accidents nationally also have been on the rise recently, although they are lower than 1990s levels.

                    The good news is that the number of persons injured is not rising with the dramatic increase in the amount of fireworks purchased in the United States. Retail sales are at record levels, with Americans buying 212 million pounds of fireworks last year, or two pounds for every household.

                    Despite the recent rise in injuries, fireworks are being used more safely than they were 10 or 15 years ago, said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, a leading trade group. Citing government statistics, Heckman said the number of persons injured by fireworks in a year has dropped 30 percent from its peak a decade ago.

                    Still, about 9,600 persons a year are injured by fireworks. Many victims are children. And some of those injuries are serious.

                    “The Fourth of July is something that really gets us going because the injuries we see are so bad,” said Denise Dowd, chief of injury prevention at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s emergency department.

                    Last year the hospital treated 38 children for fireworks injuries during the holiday, compared with about 20 to 30 in an average year.

                    An analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data by The Kansas City Star found that:

                    ■ Nearly half of those injured nationally are children under 15, and three-fourths of the injuries are to boys. The most-often injured group is boys 5 to 9 years old.

                    ■ Parts of the body injured the most are the eye, face, hand and fingers.

                    ■ Firecrackers are the number-one source of fireworks injury, followed by sparklers and bottle rockets.

                    The safety agency also has been tracking an increasing number of fireworks-related deaths: four each in 2001 and 2002; six in 2003 and eight last year. Of that nationwide total, two were in the Kansas City area — the 4-year-old who died last year after being struck by a fireworks fragment, and a 33-year-old man who was killed by a mortar he was igniting in 2002.

                    Fireworks also cause all sorts of bizarre accidents.

                    Dig deep enough into Consumer Product Safety Commission data and you’ll find people knocked down stairs by fireworks. Or bumped off their bikes. And no fewer than a dozen persons have been hurt when frightened dogs wrapped their masters up in a leash and they fell.

                    Noise from the explosions can hurt you, too. Melanie Macko, an area audiologist, said four or five of her patients in the past six years have attributed their hearing loss to fireworks. In those cases, Macko said, the loss was permanent.

                    “People like to be stupid and play a joke on someone by putting a firecracker too close to them,” Macko said. “That can be very dangerous.”

                    Most hearing damage from fireworks is temporary. But a loud enough blast can destroy part of the inner ear that facilitates hearing. Children are especially vulnerable because their ear canals are smaller, Macko said.

                    But if you’re looking for fireworks this Fourth of July, you’re in the right place. Missouri is one of the top states for fireworks entrepreneurs — both legal and illegal — according to industry and government officials.

                    The National Fireworks Association even has its headquarters in this area. And northern Missouri is a hotbed of fireworks makers and wholesalers, said state fire marshal Randy Cole.

                    In fact, there are so many fireworks operations in Missouri, Cole said, that the number of illegal sales he stops each year depends mostly on how many investigators he can send into the field.

                    “We’ll typically see four or five operations that deal illegal fireworks,” he said. “We do see more incidents than we would like to see concerning the sale and use of illegal fireworks.”

                    In Kansas, the state fire marshal’s office said it relies mostly on local police to uncover illegal fireworks operations.

                    Even legal fireworks, however, pose risks. Many health advocates recommend keeping fireworks away from children and limiting viewing to the public displays put on by licensed professionals.

                    Although retail sales are booming, tight government regulations and tighter budgets have public fireworks display companies struggling financially this Fourth of July, industry officials said.

                    “For the professional display side of the industry, it’s about survival right now,” Heckman said. “For the retailers, they’re kind of rolling in the riches.”

                    But Dowd said there’s a price being paid by the children she sees at Children’s Mercy’s emergency room. Many of them are like Conrad, who wasn’t doing anything wrong.

                    “The fact of the matter is, in a study we did several years ago, half the time kids are injured, it’s the adults that are handling the fireworks,” Dowd said. “It’s not just kids being irresponsible.”

                    The person who lighted the boat-shaped fireworks fountain that injured Conrad was an adult neighbor, said Conrad’s father, Doug Bonney.

                    The boat accidentally tipped over and shot fireballs sideways instead of skyward, he said.

                    “To be honest, I have mixed feelings” about responsibility for the accident, he said. Bonney, a lawyer, hasn’t tried to hold anyone legally responsible.

                    The Bonneys won’t be anywhere near fireworks this Fourth of July. They’re traveling to a national park where fireworks are banned.

                    And Conrad, who is 12 now and will carry scars for life, said he’s through with fireworks — for now.

                    “I hope to someday overcome my fear of fireworks,” he said with a smile.

                    Stay safe while shooting fireworks

                    ■ Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

                    ■ Never give fireworks to small children.

                    ■ Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children.

                    ■ Never ignite fireworks indoors.

                    ■ Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building or animal.

                    ■ Have a source of water handy.

                    ■ Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

                    ■ Light only one firework at a time.

                    ■ Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.

                    ■ Never position any part of your body over a firework.

                    ■ Never carry fireworks in pockets.

                    Source: Kansas State Fire Marshal
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