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Motorway pile up caused by safety failings

21st November 2013 | Fire Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The organiser of a Somerset fireworks display is in court due to a 34-car pile up on the M5, which prosecutors say was caused by smoke from the display flooding the road.

The 51 year old Geoffrey Counsell, from Ashill in Somerset, has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to breaching health and safety regulations by failing to ensure the safety of others.

Bristol Crown Court heard that, six minutes after the 15-minute fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club, “thick smog” was found to have “engulfed” the motorway.

The court was told that the cars involved in the accident had “no chance” of avoiding it.

The prosecutor, Peter Blair QC, said that despite claiming he was a “managing director”, whose shows were carried out by “highly trained” experts with “the highest possible safety standards”, Mr Counsell was actually a “one-man band”.

Counsell ran Firestorm Pyrotechnics, and claimed to have over 20 years of experience.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801663274-ADNFCR


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