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Fireworks injury nets $4.75 million (access required)

Mortar for grand finale zoomed into audience

The deafening explosion of a wayward fireworks rocket caused devastating injuries for a Fairfax County mother and led to a $4.75-million jury verdict against the fireworks company that staged the 2007 Independence Day show in Vienna. The verdict for Kathryn Hollis came after a four-week trial involving extensive use of video and PowerPoint presentations in one ...