- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK, Texas (AP) - Federal officials have issued citations against a group that puts on the outdoor musical “Texas” after a stage manager was killed last summer when two containers of fireworks exploded at the production venue in Palo Duro Canyon.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations, issued Jan. 28, on Tuesday. OSHA says the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Inc. failed to train workers on the use of explosives, provide fire-retardant clothing, perform a hazard assessment and develop a written hazard communication program.

OSHA proposes $42,000 in penalties.

Foundation spokeswoman Lindsey Miller says it was unclear whether it would contest the citations but added the foundation remains “deeply saddened by the death of a member of our crew” and that the State Fire Marshal’s Office still hadn’t determined what caused the July 31 blast.

Officials say the 21-year-old woman was taking inventory when the explosion happened at the amphitheater, which is about 25 miles south of Amarillo. The outdoor musical has been performed there for 50 years, and pyrotechnics are used throughout the show.


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