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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
July 2, 1992
Release # 92-112

Longhorn Mfg. Recalls Large Display Rack Fireworks Device

PRODUCT: Longhorn Manufacturing Company, Inc.'s "LH Triple" display rack fireworks device. Each device consists of three tall tubes mounted on a wood base, with their fuses linked together.

PROBLEM: The fireworks devices may tip over during operation and fire their charges horizontally, resulting in possible serious injury to persons nearby. In addition, the device may explode on the ground, rather than in the air as designed.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers are urged to discontinue use immediately and return the fireworks devices to the retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call Longhorn Manufacturing Company, Inc. at Plains Wholesale Fireworks, Lubbock, TX on 806-745-2457 (ask for Jane or Lee).

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Longhorn Manufacturing Company, Inc., Roswell, New Mexico is voluntarily recalling its "LH Triple" display rack fireworks device. At least 1,000 of these devices were sold since 1990. The devices may tip over during operation and fire their charges horizontally, resulting in possible serious injury to persons nearby. In addition, the device may explode on the ground rather than in the air as designed, posing an additional risk of injury to the user.

Each device consists of three tall tubes mounted on a wood base with the fuses linked together. The three tubes are named "NO. 5 Thunder & Lightening," "NO. 100 FLORAL SHELL or NO. 100 CHRYSANTHEMUM," and "GALAXY FIESTA." The labels on the tubes also read, in part: "LONGHORN MFG. CO. ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO".

Although the Commission is not aware of any incidents involving this particular product, the Commission is aware of one death involving a similar device manufactured by another company, that tipped over and its charge allegedly struck a three-year-old in the head.

The device was sold through at least 10 wholesalers to retail stores in the Midwest. The devices retailed for approximately $30 each.

Consumers are urged to immediately discontinue use of the LH Triple display rack device and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Longhorn Manufacturing Company, Inc. at Plains Wholesale Fireworks, Lubbock, TX on (806)-745-2457.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as 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 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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