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Klein v. Pyrodyne Corp.
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Pyrodyne Corporation, Defendant, was selected to be the one to set off a public fireworks display at a Washington state fairgrounds on July 4, 1987. Defendant was subject to numerous regulations. One in particular was a requirement that Defendant obtain a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy. During the event, a mortar fired its shell from a horizontal position and it exploded near a crowd of spectators. Danny and Marion Klein (collectively Plaintiffs) were injured. Plaintiffs brought suit against Defendant in state court for products liability and strict liability. Plaintiffs contend that Defendants employees had improperly set up the fireworks display and that other regulations had also been violated. Defendant contended that the misfire was caused by the manufacturer negligence. Nonetheless, because all the fireworks exploded, there was no conclusive evidence or way of determining the cause of the misfire. Both parties motioned for summary judgment. The trial court ruled against Plaintiff on the issue of product liability, but held that Defendant was strictly liable. Defendant appealed.
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