Law Firm Called to Consult About Pennsylvania Fireworks Tragedy

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Eleven people, including four minors, were hurt when the Palmyra Borough July 4 fireworks display shot off by Schaefer Pyrotechnics of Ronks, Pennsylvania went tragically wrong. A firework charge misfired, setting off a chain reaction of explosions that sent mortars into the crowd seriously injuring at least 11 spectators. The law firm Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. was called to consult concerning this tragedy.

The show should never have been permitted to go on.

Eleven people, including four minors, were hurt when the Palmyra Borough July 4 fireworks display shot off by Schaefer Pyrotechnics of Ronks, Pennsylvania went tragically wrong. A firework charge misfired, setting off a chain reaction of explosions that sent mortars into the crowd seriously injuring at least 11 spectators. The law firm Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. was called to consult concerning this tragedy.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, PC has experience handling fireworks/burn lawsuits. The law firm is currently involved in a lawsuit (Case No: 2009-2346) being tried at the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Viriginia. The lawsuit arose out of an incident which occurred on July 4, 2007 in Vienna, Virginia when a mortar in a cake box malfunctioned causing the remaining mortars in the cakebox to fire into the crowd of spectators. The Vienna fireworks show was also run by Schaefer Pyrotechnics. At least eleven people were injured, seven of whom were sent to the hospital. On that night in 2007, six shows, all run by Schaefer, had cakeboxes of fireworks explode, launching fireworks at dangerous angles. The company has a history of putting on displays that had tragic results (see Patriot News article, http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/07/fireworks_company_involved_in.html)

The 2007 Vienna, Virginia lawsuit alleges that not only did Schaefer fail in its obligations but so did the manufacturer supplier of the fireworks, the fire marshals, and the Town of Vienna. The Town of Vienna and the fire marshals should have known of Shaffer's track record of fireworks tragedies and the non-suitability of the site for shooting off fireworks and the use of fireworks which did not conform to national standards. Each has resisted compensating those injured during the incident and the lawsuit is still pending.

"The show should never have been permitted to go on," said Joseph Cammarata, who represents a father and son who were both seriously injured in the Vienna tragedy. "The innocent spectators were subjected to a known risk of harm, which in fact materialized, and did cause harm."

Palmyra officials noted that they were not aware of Schaefer's history of fireworks tragedies and did not take any steps to investigate whether Shaffer had a history that the borough should have been worried about. Cammarata said, "It's hard to imagine that a municipality would hire someone to explode bombs within the city limits and not yet take any steps to determine whether that person was qualified to undertake the event in a safe fashion. To invite the public to attend such an event in light of this failure suggests a reckless indifference to the safety of the spectators."

Victims of the July 4 Palmyra fireworks accident can contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel to learn more about their legal options.

About Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C.
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. has successfully represented individuals in many states who have suffered serious personal injury due to the negligence of another party. The law firm is dedicated to providing their clients with the highest levels of personal attention in order to offer high quality, aggressive legal representation that will yield the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome.

The personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. have represented more than 10,000 personal injury clients and have the skills, experience, and resources to help injured victims pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. The law firm has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the organization's highest possible rating for attorneys.

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