Atlas Imports Recalls Large Multiple-Tube Aerial Fireworks Display Devices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

JUNE 28, 1993

(301) 504-7908

Release # 93-088

 

Atlas Imports Recalls Large Multiple-Tube Aerial Fireworks Display Devices

PRODUCT: "Night Shell," "Gorilla Bomb," and "Gorilla Bomb II" seven-shot rack fireworks display devices imported by Atlas Imports. The devices have seven 10- or 11-inch mortar tubes with a connecting single fuse. Approximately 1,200 of the display devices were imported and distributed from December 1992 through May 1993 in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. They retailed for about $13 each.

PROBLEM: The fireworks display devices may tip over during operation and fire the charges horizontally or at various angles, resulting in death or serious injury to persons nearby.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to stop using these devices immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call 1-800-552-3514. From Florida or South Carolina call (803) 238-3054.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Atlas Imports, Myrtle Beach, SC, is voluntarily recalling its "Night Shell," "Gorilla Bomb," and "Gorilla Bomb II" seven-shot rack fireworks display devices. The fireworks display devices may tip over during operation and fire the charges horizontally or at various angles, resulting in serious injury to persons nearby. Although the Commission is not aware of any incidents involving these particular fireworks, the Commission knows of two deaths involving other multiple-tube aerial fireworks devices that tipped over, struck, and killed the victims.

The Night Shell, Gorilla Bomb, and Gorilla Bomb II devices were imported beginning in December 1992. The Gorilla Bomb device consists of seven 10-inch mortar tubes with a connecting single fuse. The Night Shell and Gorilla Bomb II devices have seven 11-inch mortar tubes with a connecting single fuse. All three devices are 6-1/2 inches in diameter. The Night Shell device is labeled: "Link Triad Brand Night W-800 *** Made in Guangxi, China." The Gorilla Bomb device is labeled: "Gorilla Bomb Suger Star Shell Kg 707 Made in Jiangxi, China." The Gorilla Bomb II device is labeled: "Gorilla Bomb II Super Crackling Shell Manufactured by Beihai Fireworks and Firecrackers I/E Co. Made in Guangxi, China."

Twelve-hundred devices were distributed December 1992 through May 1993 to the firm's own five retail stores, named "Mr. Fireworks" and other retail stores within the Myrtle Beach, SC area. They retailed for approximately $13 each.

Consumers are urged to stop using these firework devices immediately. Consumers are encouraged to return the devices to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information call Atlas Imports at 1-800-552-3514. From Florida or South Carolina call (803) 238-3054. CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.