Firework display organiser charged with manslaughter
I really don't know the ins and outs of how these displays are approved, but it seems a bit harsh to place such foresight on him.
You might argue that holding such a display next to a busy motorway or any other major road could distract drivers. In which case, then, and assuming such displays do require approval by the local council or even the police, what about the "responsibility" of those bodies?
Nor do I have any knowledge of whether it was the display itself or just the stupidity of rubber-necking drivers that caused the pile-up. On balance, I can't help but feel this manslaughter charge he is facing is rather savage.
I think they can only prove that he was responsible for the fireworks and don't have enough evidence for what the drivers did however clever counsel will get him off I suspect. It seems that the announcement was timed to act as a deterrent for this year's celebrations imo.
Without all the attendant facts, it is difficult to make an informed judgement. On the surface of it, no he should not be charged, unless his fireworks were a direct impediment on the road. i.e. landing there or so close to the motorway vehicles had no recourse but to take evasive action. If a permit was required, then the issuing authority must be culpable.
It seems unfair to put all the blame on one person.
Yes - with hindsight - it was a silly place to put the display but, as others have said, he must have had a permit from somewhere. Did they not check before issuing ?
Anyone heard any more about this ?
No. It generally takes a long time from the charge to the trial so that a jury can be selected who do not really know about what the papers have
reported. However, in an age of instant access online that is getting harder and harder to manage.
A boy I taught's murder trial is coming up this month I believe but the murder charge was over a year ago.
I'm not sure either how these displays are regulated ... but I had thought, could be mistaken, that public displays over a certain size had to have
the approval and a site safety check from the local Fire Brigade before they could go ahead, if only for Public Liability Insurance purposes.
But leaving that aside and asking should he be prosecuted?
The charge is manslaughter?
I wonder what happened to the charge of 'negligence' ... similar to with surgeons in malpractice cases.
At the display at our caravan site last week two people were hit by fireworks that fell over. To be honest, when you see the size of moder fireworks - rockets in particular with 2x2 lumps of timber (well only slightly smaller) falling out of the sky I'm amazed there aren't more problems
Opinion is divided about whether he is the murderer or the scapegoat. If it gets put into the paper I'll eventually post a link.