Rialto-based Pyro Spectacular, the company that conducted this year's Tehachapi's Fourth of July fireworks display, has been cleared of any wrongful conduct after one of its fireworks malfunctioned, landing in a crowd of nearby spectators and causing burns and minor injuries.
According to Kern County Fire Marshall Benny Wofford, the cause of the accident that slightly injured four people, was due to a break in a steel mortar -- a device that is used to launch a fireworks shell into the air.
"In our minds this was purely an accident," Wofford said. "We are happy that only minor injuries occurred in relation to the situation, and making suggestions to remedy the problem so this does not happen again in the future."
The county wrapped up its two-month investigation early this month, after meeting with the Pyro Spectacular and staff responsible for setting off the fireworks.
And although no criminal charges will be filed against the company or its employee, the department is making suggestions in its report that will be filed with the State Fire Marshal's Office, which is responsible for licensing pyrotechnic devices on California.
Among those suggestions will be to repair and replace the broken mortar, along with making sure the company will inspect and replace as necessary all pyrotechnic equipment annually, as required by the state, as well as conducting regular pre and post-show safety meetings, being more attentive and establishing better communications between the shooter and the fire safety officer during future events.
Pyro Spectacular could not be reached for comment.