DARKE COUNTY — Planning to light some fireworks this Fourth of July weekend? Pay close attention.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall on one brand of fireworks sold in Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
CPSC has warned that “TNT Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks,” imported from China and marketed by American Promotional Events, can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing a burn and injury hazards to consumers.
According to CPSC, the Blue Ammo Smoke effect could rapidly dispel from the bottom of the tube in an explosive manner posing a burn hazard.
The recall affects 36,100 units sold at Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Walmart, and other retailers in the noted states from May 2017 through June 2017 for about $5.
The CPSC recall notice states: “This recall involves TNT Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks. The recalled fireworks are pyrotechnic devices that make smoke when lit. They were sold in a bag containing three canisters: one red, one blue and one white. Each colored smoke firework is a cardboard cylinder tube that measures about 1 inch in diameter and 5 inches long. The TNT logo, ‘Red, White & Blue Smoke’ and UPC number 027736036561 appear on the packaging.”
American Promotional Events has reportedly received three incident reports, resulting in three people suffering burn injuries. No property damage has yet been reported.
Consumers are warned to immediately stop using the recalled fireworks. The company is offering a full refund for the product.
Those who purchased the fireworks are urged to contact American Promotional Events at 800-243-1189 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or email the company at [email protected] or visit the company’s website at www.tntfireworks.com.