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THE CONSUMER PRODUCTS SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND BJ ALAN CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF TWO TYPES OF FIREWORKS FOR BURN RISK

Jul 14, 2005 | www.newsinferno.com

The CPSC and BJ Alan Co. of Youngstown, Ohio (U.S.), have announced the immediate recall of two types of fireworks; “Blaster Balls” and “Mammoth Smoke Fountain” which were both manufactured in China. Customers should stop using both products immediately.

Blaster Balls – Total number: approximately 6,600 - When the blaster balls are hit together, they can produce a spark that can catch on fire, posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers. BJ Alan Co. has received reports of three incidents. One incident resulted in minor burns to fingers.

Blaster Balls are two hard balls that are meant to produce a snapping or popping sound when hit together. Each package contains a pair of blaster balls that are about 1.25-inches in diameter and were sold in assorted colors. They were sold at fireworks stands and stores nationwide from May 2004 through June 2005 (for about $3) in blister packs that measured about 6.75-inches by 5-inches, with a UPC number located on the pack of package reading 3826959035.

Mammoth Smoke Fountain – Total number: approximately 3,000 - The device can unexpectedly propel on the ground or unintentionally explode during use, posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers. BJ Alan Co. has received two reports of incidents in which the product propelled on ground or exploded. One incident resulted in a minor burn to a consumer’s foot.

The products are smoke-producing novelty devices packaged in a 4.5-inch long cylindrical tube. “MAMMOTH SMOKE" is written on the side of the devices in blue and yellow. They were sold in sets with other types of fireworks. They were sold at fireworks stands and stores nationwide from April 2003 through June 2005. The Phantom variety pack sold for about $6 and the Storm Chaser assortment tray sold for about $17.

Consumers should immediately stop using both products and contact BJ Alan Co. for replacements.

For additional information, contact BJ Alan Co. at (800) 777-1691 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.Fireworks.com.


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