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Thousands of fireworks sold throughout the Midwest recalled

Updated: July 03, 2019 05:17 PM

Thousands of fireworks sold throughout the Midwest are being recalled due to issues including burn hazards and greater-than-expected explosion risks.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall at the end of June for about 25,000 units of the Grandma's Fireworks brand, primarily sold in Indiana. Those who have purchased any of the fireworks listed as part of the recall are asked to immediately stop using them and return them to Grandma's Fireworks for a refund.

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The CPSC report states an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old boy found the broken end of a Talon rocket, under the Grandma's Fireworks brand, and lit it. The 8-year-old boy lost his hand as a result.

The CPSC also issued a recall for about 11,000 units of the Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill's Fireworks brand, primarily sold in Michigan. Those who have purchased any of the 22 types of fireworks listed as part of the recall are asked to immediately stop using them and return them to Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill's Fireworks for a refund.

About 260 units of the GS Fireworks brand, sold primarily in Michigan, were recalled at the end of June. The CPSC advises those who have purchased any of the 26 types of fireworks listed as part of that recall to stop using them and return them to GS Fireworks for a refund.

The CPSC also issued a recall for 1,660 units of the Keystone G-Force Artillery Shell Fireworks. Those who purchased that type of firework, sold at various Keystone Fireworks locations, are asked to stop using them and return them for a refund.

The State Fire Marshal states sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks and novelty items such as snakes and party poppers are legal in Minnesota. Examples of legal and illegal variations of fireworks can be found here.

According to the CPSC, 250 people, on average, are sent to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July holiday.

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