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State suspends Pyrotecnico employees after unexploded shell investigation

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WARE, MA (WSHM) -

Pyrotecnico, the fireworks company that left behind unexploded fireworks after several area summertime fireworks displays, will have its fireworks users certificate suspended for one year following an investigation by the state.

"Fireworks are extremely dangerous, even for professionals. The regulations require a first light search to ensure that the public does not encounter any unexploded fireworks shells the next day. In these cases, that was not done adequately," said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

Pyrotecnico's suspension began July 10 and will expire after the Fourth of July celebrations during 2013.

Pyrotecnico was hired to set off fireworks displays in Stoughton, Waltham, Ware, Wilmington and Worcester this summer. Unexploded shells were found after each of those shows.

Following its investigation, the state also handed down suspensions of fireworks certificates of competency for three men who were the licensed fireworks shooters for each of the shows.

David Bilodeau was given a 3-year suspension for failure to notice and/or to conduct a thorough search. Bilodeau's suspension was effective July 10, and he must pass a test of his abilities to have his certificate reinstated.

Peter Tremblay received a 2-year suspension for failure to notice and/or to conduct a thorough search. His suspension was effective July 13, and he must also pass a test of his abilities before his certificate is reinstated.

A third man, Anthony Gentile, has agreed to an administrative disposition of a 6-month suspension for failure to notice and/or to conduct a thorough search. Gentile's suspension was effective July 13.

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