Small, handheld fireworks like sparklers and snappers can be as much a part of Fourth of July tradition as the enormous annual fireworks displays. But these legal alternatives can be dangerous too.
Alabama-based American Promotional Events has recalled its TNT Red, White, and Blue Smoke fireworks, which are legal and sold in Illinois, due to reports of the handheld devices exploding unexpectedly, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the company's site, "The Blue Ammo Smoke effect could rapidly dispel from the bottom of the tube in an explosive manner posing a burn hazard."
36,100 of the fireworks were sold in May and June in Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers in Illinois, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the fireworks and return them for a refund.
The fireworks emit colored smoke when lit and 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 one inch in diameter and five inches long. The TNT logo, “Red, White & Blue Smoke” and UPC number 027736036561 appear on the packaging, according to the CPSC.
American Promotional Events has received three incident reports resulting in burn injuries. No property has been damaged. For more information, call 800-243-1189 or visit the company's website www.tntfireworks.com.