Jake’s Fireworks recalled over half a million YoYo Sparklers because they can burn too fast down the stick or explode into flames. At least 12 people were injured, including a man with severe burns who filed a lawsuit in September 2016.
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YoYo Sparker Lawsuit
Jake’s Fireworks Inc. has been sued by Johnny L. Bruins, a man from Georgia who was severely burned and scarred when a defective fireworks sparkler exploded in his hand on the 4th of July.
According to the lawsuit (PDF), at approximately 9:30 p.m., he lit a YoYo Sparkler intending to give it to one of the children:
“But as soon as he lit the sparkler, rather than it merely emitting sparks, it exploded in his hand, catching fire and engulfing Mr. Bruins’ left hand in fire, causing severe and painful burns.”
He was taken to the emergency room at Washington County Regional Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns on his left hand. He underwent a painful skin graft, wound treatments, and physical therapy. He now has permanent scarring on his hand.
Jake’s Fireworks is accused of negligence for selling a defective and unreasonably dangerous product.
The lawsuit was filed on September 20, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta Division) — Case No. 1:2016-cv-03519.
Jake’s Fireworks Recalls YoYo Sparklers
In July 2015, Jake’s Fireworks recalled about 651,500 YoYo Sparklers after receiving 12 reports of the sparklers burning too fast and causing 2nd-degree and 3rd-degree burns to consumers’ hands.
What is the problem?
YoYo Sparklers burn faster and with a larger flame than normal. They can burn down the stick towards users’ hands, posing a burn hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
How to Identify Recalled Sparklers
The sparklers are 13-1/2 inches long, metallic gray in color on a wire stick. They were sold in colorful 4-packs printed with “YOYO Sparklers,” the U.S. flag and “World Class Fireworks” on top.
Recommendation for Consumers
Do not let children use the sparklers. Return them immediately to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Visit www.jakesfireworks.com for more information.
Sparklers Are Frequent Cause of Fireworks Injuries
Between June 20 and July 20, 2014, sparklers caused about 1,400 emergency department-treated injuries, making up 19% of the 7,000 total fireworks injuries, according to a report (PDF) by the CPSC. About 39% of sparkler injuries involved hands and fingers.
How Hot Do Sparklers Burn?
Sparklers can burn at extremely high temperatures — as hot as 1800°F to 3000°F — depending on the fuel and oxidizer. The tiny sparks lose heat quickly and are relatively harmless. But if the entire sparkler burns all at once, it can cause severe burns or ignite clothing.
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