Hawaii’s workplace safety regulator is investigating the company responsible for the fireworks that recently exploded in a storage facility to determine if it has any history of violating safety laws.
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According to the Associated Press, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health office hasn’t discovered any record of past safety violations involving the company; however officials have yet to conclude searching through its files. Federal occupational safety investigators were also slated to help their state counterparts in the probe, while the Honolulu Fire Department has been investigating the cause of the explosions and fire.
Five employees died in the April 8 blast that was so intense it scorched trees 40 feet away. The explosion, which happened in a former military bunker where fireworks and other items were stored, occurred as workers were dismantling fireworks.
The company that employed the workers, Donaldson Enterprises, had a contract with a federal agency to destroy illegal fireworks that had been confiscated, according to officials.
The bunker it leased housed large aerial fireworks of the kind often exhibited in public displays on the Fourth of July, New Year’s and other events.
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