Suit: Woman burned by faulty fireworks at Spring Awakening fest

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Thousands stream into Addams/Medill Park for day one of the Spring Awakening Music Festival, Friday, June 10, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

A woman is suing the pyrotechnics crew that she says blasted fireworks into a crowd at the Spring Awakening music festival over the summer in University Village, causing severe burns to her body.

Lisette Zaid was watching the DJ Kaskade perform about 10 p.m. June 11 at the fest held in Adams/Medill Park at 1401 W. 14th St. when an unlicensed operator set off the display, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The firework, described as a “comet that breaks into multiple comets,” was supposed to go about 200 feet straight up into the air. Instead, it hit the audience next to the stage, burning Zaid’s face, hand and leg, the suit says.

Pyrotecnico Holdings, a Pennsylvania-based company, and the subcontractor that was operating the show that night, J & M Displays, are listed as defendants in the suit. Representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Zaid is seeking $100,000 from each company.

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