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(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
June 28, 1993
Release # 93-086

B.J. Alan Co. Recalls Multiple-Tube Aerial Fireworks Devices

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the B.J. Alan Company, Youngstown, OH is voluntarily recalling its Cosmic Eruption seven-shot rack fireworks display devices. The fireworks display devices may tip over during operation and fire their charges horizontally or at various angles, possibly resulting in serious injury to persons nearby. Although the Commission is not aware of any incidents involving the Cosmic Eruption, the Commission knows of two deaths involving other multiple-shot devices, not distributed by this company, that tipped over, struck, and killed the victims.

The Cosmic Eruption devices were imported from January 1993 to June 1993. Each device consists of seven 10-inch mortar tubes with a connecting single fuse. The device is 6-1/2 inches in diameter. The devices are labeled "PHANTOM BRAND COSMIC ERUPTION*** Distributed by Alexander Rori Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, MADE IN CHINA". Approximately 2,600 of the devices were distributed nationwide from January 1993 through distributors in Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. They retailed for approximately $30.00 each.

Consumers are urged to stop using these fireworks devices immediately. Consumeres are encouraged to return the devices to the stores or stands where purchased for a full refund. If the stands are no longer open or if consumers have other questions, contact the B.J. Alan Company at 1-800-777-1691.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as a 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 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 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