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Lessons learnt from accidents in the fireworks sector

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This document presents the conclusions of an analysis conducted on 322 accidents (104 in France, 218 in other countries) extracted from the ARIA database. For each stage of the fireworks process (manufacturing, storage, use, transport and disposal) major causes and[...]
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Pneumatic Explosion Of A Pipe In A Pyrotechnic Plant

Pneumatic explosion of a pipe in a pyrotechnic plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A pneumatic explosion occurred at about 4 p.m. in a pyrotechnic factory specialising in the manufacture of nitrocellulose-based hunting and sport shooting gunpowder. The event took place when an intake pipe was being sawn (vertical, 80 mm diameter stainless steel tube) in[...]
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Accidents Associated With The Destruction Of Pyrotechnic Waste

Accidents associated with the destruction of pyrotechnic waste

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The destruction of pyrotechnic waste remains a hazardous activity; in France, this activity alone accounts for 15% of all accidents arising within the pyrotechnics industry, as catalogued in the ARIA database. Waste treatment steps are carried out on materials that[...]
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Fireworks Accidents Analysis

Fireworks accidents analysis

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As an expression of festivities, fireworks must however not be perceived as inoffensive or devoid of risks. Fired for hundreds of years, some fireworks today can be directly used by the general public, which has given rise to the need[...]
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Accidents In Small Fireworks Warehouses

Accidents in small fireworks warehouses

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Two serious accidents that recently occurred in France along with others from the more distant past recall the risks associated with handling fireworks in small warehouses or shops, as well as the need to respect pertinent basic workplace rules.
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Firework Shows

Firework shows

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Several recent accidents in France (along with others dating further back) have recalled that the handling of fireworks in small warehouses, depots, during the preparation or execution of fireworks shows, carry risks that must be prevented at least through regulatory[...]
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Fire On A Burning Area Within An Explosives Plant

Fire on a burning area within an explosives plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a company dedicated to producing hunting ammunition, fire broke out on a pyrotechnic waste burning zone, on a day when the production facility was closed for annual holidays. A single entrance provided access to this excavated (50 x 30[...]
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Detonation of an explosive during compression

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At a pyrotechnics plant, 5.6 kg of an HMX/Viton mix detonated around 9:25 am during compression, causing the deflagration of 14 kg of powder explosive held in a barrel. Detonation occurred upon reaching maximum compressive force in a high-capacity isostatic[...]
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