May 3, 2005
Release #05-165
Jake's Fireworks Recall Hotline: (800) 766-1277
Firm's Media Contact: Michael Marietta, (620) 231-2264


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 24-shot Excalibur Reloadable Artillery Shell Kits

Units: About 75,000 reloadable kits

Importer: Jake's Fireworks Inc., of Pittsburg, Kan.

Hazard: The aerial shells are fused, shaped, and labeled in a way that could cause consumers to unintentionally place them into the launch tube upside down, resulting in a ground-level explosion. Such an explosion can cause serious injuries to consumers in close proximity of the device.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has confirmed one incident where a consumer inadvertently placed an Excalibur shell inside a tube upside down. No injuries were reported.

Description: These 24-shot Excalibur Reloadable Artillery Shell Kits are sold in a black box with plastic windows. The shell kits are a consumer fireworks device that consists of a black plastic launch tube and twenty-four display shells in a display box. "24 shot Excalibur Reloadable Artillery Shell Kits" and "World Class Fireworks" are written on the front of the display box. Only the model 24 shot Excalibur Reloadable Artillery Shell Kits are included in this recall.

Sold at: Fireworks retailers, including display stands and tents in states permitting the sale of consumer fireworks, from Winter 2003 through Winter 2004 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the fireworks immediately and return the entire device to the store where purchased for a full refund or contact Jake's Fireworks for further instructions.

Consumer Contact: Call Jake's Fireworks Inc. at (800) 766-1277 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Fireworks