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| Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The community of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina (NC) is mourning the deaths of four workers who were killed while unloading a truck containing fireworks exploded catapulting debris throughout the parking lot, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of those four worker’s friends and families.

The workers were employed by Melrose South Pyrotechnics. This isn’t the first time the South Carolina-based company was involved in a tragic fireworks accident. In 2001, there was an explosion at a Melrose South Pyrotechnics’ plant which killed one employee and injured two workers. The company was cited for failing to properly train their employees and improper storage. The company was fined $20,000 but did not acknowledge any wrongdoing, according to the Associated Press.

In 2007, two Melrose South Pyrotechnics employees were hurt during a fireworks show in Fort Stewart, Georgia (GA).

This is a video reporting the most recent fireworks explosion accident…

As an injury lawyer with 20 years of experience representing clients who’ve been severely injured in explosions and other tragic events, I believe an investigation into the safety policies and practices of Melrose South Pyrotechnics is appropriate. In less than 10 years, one company has seen five employees killed and multiple others injured. Clearly, something needs to change.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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