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Fireworks Shows: Vigilance Required Before, During And After!

Fireworks shows: Vigilance required before, during and after!

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Every year, accidents occur during the July 14 and August 15 French holiday festivities. In 2015 unfortunately, reports came in of 11 injured in Monteux, 15 injured in Canet and 5 more in Castelsarrasin during fireworks shows that went awry. Yet these risks are not confined to the actual launch itself! Incidents also arise during the storage period preceding the show, often owing to the fact that regulatory requirements and safety rules have not been respected. To guarantee the public's safety, rules of caution must be applied by all parties in [...]
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Pyrotechnics : why did the technician fail to follow the procedure ?

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In the pyrotechnics sector, 12% of accidents are related to inappropriate human intervention: mainly non-compliance with procedures (since the creation of the ARIA database, 132 accidents are in this case out of a total of 1076). Based on real examples, the purpose of this fact sheet is to present the typical configurations in which operators are knowingly bypassing procedures and investigating the root causes associated, in the different contexts described.
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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 circumstances involved in the accidents have been studied. Recommendations are presented, among those: Need for an exhaustive risk analysis Rigorous management of quantities of hazardous products present Special attention to works/maintenance phases (10% of accidents) [...]
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Pneumatic Explosion Of A Pipe In A Pyrotechnic Plant

Pneumatic explosion of a pipe in a pyrotechnic plant

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  • 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 the extraction room of a production building. At the time of the accident, the site had been shut down for its annual technical inspection, a period used to conduct maintenance work after the workshops and installations have been cleaned. A scheduled technical intervention c [...]

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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 in many cases are more highly sensitive or whose hazards are more minimally characterised. This waste may stem from scrap, defective or expired products or "stimulated" materials capable of triggering sudden fires, deflagrations or detonations. Therefore, the steps focusing on such mat [...]
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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 for both intrinsically safe products and a minimum level of user precaution. The present summary relies on an analysis of 316 accidents (102 in France, 214 elsewhere).
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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 compliance. The items contained in this fact sheet are intended to draw the attention of all actors involved in organising and producing fireworks shows; these contents are not to take precedence over compliance with the regulatory requirements relative to explosives applicable to [...]
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Fire On A Burning Area Within An Explosives Plant

Fire on a burning area within an explosives plant

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  • 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 m) zone, partially enclosed by a barricade and protected by a fire hydrant. To be accepted, all pyrotechnic waste required a preliminary authorisation issued by the Safety & Environment (SE) unit. Since the waste accepted from either the site itself or another company was transported in water, it was necessary [...]

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Detonation of an explosive during compression

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  • 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 press, destroying the press and all cell contents, seriously damaging the building roof, and scattering shattered window panes outside the building. Although shocked by the explosion, technicians working in the control room behind the reinforced walls and armoured doors walked away uninjured [...]

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