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Atlas hit with violation



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A state police investigation has revealed that representatives of Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, LLC of Jaffrey left a vehicle containing explosives unattended at Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods over the weekend. 

State police uncovered several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations on scene: attendance and surveillance of motor vehicles, containing 1.3G explosives; no drivers record of duty status, and vehicle not placarded as required. 

“This is still under investigation,” said State Police Staff Sergeant William Burke. “Our investigation will eventually go to [the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration] to go through their process.”

Burke said state police are not currently looking at any charges. 

The unattended vehicle was discovered around 10 a.m. on Saturday, according to the release, after a local fire chief arrived at the hotel to meet with Atlas, who had been contracted to do a fireworks show.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that the vehicle was unlocked and the engine was running. It was also discovered that the Atlas representatives had left the grounds of the hotel and all required hazardous material placards were missing from the vehicle. 

The release says the fireworks inside the vehicle were classified as 1.3G explosives, requiring placards to be displayed on all four sides of the vehicle.

Burke said Atlas could be looking at a fine and/or increase in safety rating. Burke said an increase in safety rating could raise the business’ s insurance rates.

A call to Atlas was not returned by press time. 

If anyone has further information about the incident they are encouraged to contact Sgt. Huddleston of the state police at 603-223-8778 or carl.huddleston@dos.nh.gov. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.