• NC appeals court does not dismiss fireworks cases

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

    ong> - (AP) An appeals court says negligence lawsuits filed by representatives of three workers who died and one person who survived a 2009 fireworks explosion on a North Carolina barrier island can continue.

    The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of the estates of the people killed and an injured worker seeking damages against a pyrotechnics company.

    Melrose South Pyrotechnics had been hired to put on the July 4 display at Ocracoke Island. The blast occurred as a crew prepared inside a truck. Investigators blamed a small explosion involving igniters for triggering a larger explosion. Four workers in all were killed.

    The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision refusing to side with the fireworks firm because there were unresolved issues involving the facts in the case.

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