26 May 2015

Company pleads guilty over fireworks mishap

6:35 pm on 26 May 2015

A Waikato company which put on a fireworks display before an All Blacks game that injured three spectators, has admitted seven charges relating to the incident.

The fireworks display at Eden Park injured three people.

Photo: AFP

Van Tiel Pyrotechnics Limited pleaded guilty to the charges at the Auckland District Court today, after a display at a Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park last year sent shrapnel into a stand.

Eleven of the original 18 charges laid by Worksafe were today dropped.

Six of those fall under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, and the other under the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

The company has been setting up displays for the Blues and All Blacks for more than ten years without incident.

A sentencing date has been set down for August 19.

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