Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, who was in charge of a display held on the night of a massive crash on the M5 in Somerset in which seven people died and 51 were injured.
He was cleared of breaching health and safety laws today by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on the direction of a judge.
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