Controversial Missouri-manufactured fireworks pulled from shelves

Saturday, July 4, 2009 | 4:14 p.m. CDT; updated 5:42 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 4, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS — A Wisconsin fireworks store has yanked a brand from a Missouri-based manufacturer off its shelves after complaints from a Muslim group.

The fireworks were called "Run Hadji Run." One of the packages showed a cartoon drawing of Uncle Sam yanking the beard of a man dressed in Muslim attire, and the other showed a bomber jet flying over a group of Arab men on camels.

The Muslim group has asked the manufacturer, Red Rhino Fireworks, to remove the product from circulation.

"Hadji" is a title given to Muslims who have completed a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded their removal after learning the fireworks were for sale at Fireworks City in Baldwin, Wis. They were removed late Friday.


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