Jersey

Investigation into rocket record attempt ban

Terry Macdonald
Image caption Terry Macdonald was left bankrupt, jobless and guarding the rockets

The States is being asked to investigate why a Jersey man was told he could not attempt to break a world record for letting off fireworks.

Terry Macdonald wanted to fire off 100,000 rockets in 2007 and reclaim a world record he had previously held.

But the event was cancelled and he was left bankrupt and guarding the rockets.

Now Deputy Phil Rondel wants the three States departments involved to investigate what happened and look at compensating Mr Macdonald.

Mr Macdonald was due to set off the rockets as the finale of the Jersey Battle of Flowers and had the required permissions.

But after the rockets had been ordered and arrived in Jersey, he was told by the Environment Department that his attempt could be illegal.

He cancelled the event and his insurance company declined to pay up.

Unable to sell the rockets, the fireworks expert spent years keeping them secure before they were destroyed last year.

The St John Deputy Phil Rondel has asked for an investigation by the ministers for home affairs, economic development and planning and environment.

The deputy wants to know why difficulties arose leading to the cancellation even though the event was initially approved by all relevant authorities and had a bailiff's permit.

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