July 20, 2007

New Mexico Company Fined, Ordered To Stop Selling Illegal Fireworks

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

July 20, 2007
Release #07-249

CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051

New Mexico Company Fined, Ordered To Stop Selling Illegal Fireworks

WASHINGTON, D.C. -In the aftermath of the Fourth of July holiday, the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing another
success in its fireworks enforcement program aimed at reducing deaths
and injuries to consumers from illegal fireworks.

At sentencing today, United Nuclear Scientific Supplies LLC, of
Edgewood, N.M., founded and operated by Robert Lazar, was fined $7,500
and received three years probation. The firm violated federal law which
prohibits the sale of chemicals and components used to make illegal

"This court ruling is a victory for consumer safety," said CPSC's Acting
Chairman Nancy Nord. "By shutting down the illegal operations of United
Nuclear and securing a major court victory against Firefox Enterprises
and its owners in May, CPSC is demonstrating our commitment to keeping
illegal fireworks out of the marketplace and preventing serious injuries
to consumers."

U.S. Chief Magistrate Lorenzo F. Garcia of the District of New Mexico
handed down the sentence after United Nuclear pled guilty to three
criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and
abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous
substances. The firm sold the chemicals and components used to make
illegal fireworks, such as M-80's and quarter sticks, which are banned
under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and CPSC regulations.

United Nuclear, its principal, Robert Lazar, and accountant Joy White,
also entered into a consent decree that permanently limits the amount of
future sales of fireworks-related chemicals and prohibits the sale of
any fuses, tubes and end caps. The decree also required destruction of
the firm's remaining inventory of components and specified chemicals.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of
Consumer Litigation and the United States Attorney's Office for the
District of New Mexico.

To see this press release on CPSC's web site, which has a link to the
consent degree (pdf) please go to:

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