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Klein v. Pyrodyne Corp.
Citation:117 Wash. 2d 1, 810 P.2d 917 (1991)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Pyrodene Corp. is a general contractor for aerial fireworks at public fireworks displays. They contract to procure fireworks, provide pyrotechnic operators, and put on the 4th of July fireworks displays at the Western Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington on July 4, 1987. All pyrotechnic operators working were acting in the scope of their employment with Pyrodene during the display and accident.
During the display, one of the 5-inch mortars was knocked into a horizontal position, where a shell inside was ignited and discharged. The shell flew for 500 feet parallel to the ground and exploded near a group of people watching the fireworks.
Danny and Marion Klein were injured by the explosion. Danny’s clothing was set on fire, he suffered facial burns and serious injury to his eyes. As a result, he and Marion filed suit against Pyrodene to recover damages for their injuries.
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