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Unattended fireworks truck leads to scare at NH resort

Union Leader staff
March 11. 2018 8:49PM

BRETTON WOODS — An unattended truck containing fireworks led to a scare at the Mount Washington Hotel, New Hampshire State Police said Sunday.

Twin Mountain Fire Chief Christopher Olsen showed up for an inspection and found the truck unattended at the permit site. He called New Hampshire State Police and an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office, state police said in a release Sunday.

Members of the crew from Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment Group Inc. had just arrived to set up for a show Saturday night and went in search of a restroom, said Matt Shea, vice president of the Jaffrey-based company.

The warning placards stating the truck was transporting explosives had blown off during the drive, Shea said Sunday.

“The fire chief was concerned that the truck was on site but was not attended and didn’t have the placards,” Shea said. “He called the state to just have some clarification.”

The truck was unlocked with the engine running, which Shea said was a mistake that should not have happened.

Olsen contacted the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the release said. Investigators learned that Atlas personnel had left the grounds of the hotel, according to the release, but Shea said they were within sight of the truck, which was where it was supposed to be at the permitted site on a golf course to set up for a show Saturday night during a benefit for cycstic fibrosis research.

Shea said Atlas was working with state investigators, who planned to forward their findings to the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration once the investigation is complete, the release said.

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