22 November 2013
Fireworks compensation battle ends
A long-running legal saga that left a man with losses in excess of £500,000 has ended.
Terry McDonald has now received £50,000 back from politicians on the island of Jersey after a fireworks event he was planning was called off at the last minute, reports the BBC.
The organiser had spent more than £500,000 on the show, which was part of an attempt to raise money for charity and break the world record for the most rockets fired simultaneously - a feat he managed in 1997, before it was exceeded in 2006.
Officials on the island had originally told him the fireworks could be set off, but then the Environment Department raised concerns about cleanup costs at the last minute, which led the event to be cancelled.
Speaking after being told he will receive £50,000 in compensation, Mr McDonald said: "This has never been about compensation, money is not what it is about. I want to be exonerated for want of a better word, I want closure."
By Francesca Witney