Pains Wessex recalls hand-held flares


Its Mk7 flares were recalled after one exploded and seriously injured a man

Its Mk7 flares were recalled after one exploded and seriously injured a man

British marine pyrotechnics manufacturer Pains Wessex Safety Systems has recalled one of its hand-held flares after an accident left a man seriously injured.

Pains Wessex of Portsmouth, England, in April voluntarily recalled all of its Mk7 white collision-warning hand flares (product No. 52651), according to a release issued by the company. The flares are sold alone or as part of the Collision Warn Off and ORC RORC Distress kits.

“We know exactly which distributors the lots were sold to and have communicated with all of them,” says Pains Wessex general manager Steve Lucas in a statement.

A man reportedly was injured April 5 when an Mk7 hand flare exploded during a demonstration he was giving. Part of the flare embedded in his torso, the company says, and was protruding from his back. His hand and arm also were injured.

“Our thoughts are with the injured party and their family, and we wish them a speedy recovery,” the company says in a statement.

Pains Wessex ( says it is cooperating with an investigation by the U.K.’s Health & Safety Executive and Trading Standards, as well as conducting an internal investigation into the incident. The company suspended new shipments of Mk7 flares and recalled others from the same production batches as the one involved in the incident.

In the recall Pains Wessex asks anyone who has bought the flares to return them to the place of purchase for replacement. The company can be contacted by e-mail at .