Atlanta Security Company Named in South Carolina Fireworks Lawsuit


November 19, 2018

COLUMBIA, SC. – November 7, 2018 - According to an online news story from thestate.com, an Atlanta-based security company has been named in a South Carolina lawsuit stemming from a July 4 fireworks incident.*

On July 4, 2018, Leah McCleskey, of Columbia, South Carolina, went to Hand Middle School in the Shandon neighborhood of Columbia with her family to observe people setting off fireworks on the school grounds. The fireworks were not sponsored by the school but were part of an informal tradition of people gathering on the school’s grounds every July 4 to light fireworks. 

During the evening, McCleskey was struck in the chest by a mortar-style firework that subsequently exploded. The firework pummeled McCleskey’s body with shrapnel and set her on fire. After the incident, she spent two months in the hospital and underwent several surgeries.  

McCleskey and her husband, Jonathan McCleskey, have now sued the Richland School District 1 and Sizemore Inc. of Atlanta for damages in excess of $1.3 million (the alleged sum of McCleskey’s medical bills). The suit claims that Hand Middle School and the security guard it employed through Sizemore acted negligently on the night of July 4 in failing to maintain a safe environment. The guard should have stopped the fireworks displays, the suit says, and the district should have showed oversight over security operations. 

“We cannot go back in time to prevent what happened,” McCleskey said. “Everything in our lives was changed by this event, and pursuing this is the only way to hold those who could and should have prevented this event financially accountable.” 

Sizemore and Richland 1 have not commented on the lawsuit or the allegations contained therein. 

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law

17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333

Sources:

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article221206370.html

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