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Fireworks Accident at Melrose South Pyrotechnics, Inc., Catawba, South Carolina.

CATAWBA, S.C., July 20 /PRNewswire/ --

On Thursday, July 19, at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET, an accident occurred in the packaging building of Melrose South Pyrotechnics, Inc. distribution and sales facility in Catawba, South Carolina. Two Melrose South employees were in the building at the time and sustained injuries as a result of the accident. Both employees were transported to nearby hospitals.

"It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Brett Ringer died late yesterday afternoon from injuries sustained in the accident," said Michael Cartolano, president of Melrose South Pyrotechnics, Inc. "This accident has claimed the life of a valued member of the Melrose team," said Cartolano, "our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family." The other Melrose employee injured in the accident, Kenny Vinson, was treated for 2nd degree burns and later released. "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Melrose family are with him and his family," said Cartolano.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Dept. of Labor are currently on site and gathering information on the accident.

Melrose South Pyrotechnics, Inc. employs a highly qualified staff trained on a regular basis in the procedures used to operate the distribution facility as well as react to incidents such as the one that occurred yesterday. Safety is, and always has been, the number one priority of Melrose South Pyrotechnics, Inc.

"The authorities will be conducting a thorough and complete investigation of this incident and we will assist them in every way to ensure that the cause of this tragic accident is identified and prevented from happening again in the future. We are appreciative of their fast response time and highly professional service," said Cartolano. "While we will participate fully in the investigation of this accident, our major concern and focus in for the employees involved and we want to be certain that we are doing everything we can for them and their families."

Further questions should be directed to Bob Kerns at 800-771-7976. For general questions regarding pyrotechnics, contact the American Pyrotechnics Association at or Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director at 301-907-8181.

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