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An inquest into the deaths of seven people killed in a massive motorway crash in Somerset will take place next year.
West Somerset coroner Michael Rose will resume the hearing in March.
Taunton Deane Borough Council have spent 46 thousand pounds investigating the M5 crash.7 people died in the pile up in November 2011. The case against fireworks organiser Geoffrey Counsell who organised a display near to scene of the crash was dismissed by a judge yesterday.
The daughter of a couple who were killed in the M5 crash said she was "devastated" with the result - and still blamed Geoffrey Counsell, the fireworks organiser, for the smash.
Elaine Adams, whose parents Anthony and Pamela Adams, from Newport, south Wales, died in the accident, said: "I think I speak on behalf of all the families in the crash - we are devastated."
Fireworks organiser Geoffrey Counsell has criticised the authorities for prosecuting him "simply for the sake of it".In a five-minute statement read outside Bristol Crown Court, he paid tribute to the "quiet dignity" of the victims' families.
His statement was read by his solicitor Gavin Reese.
The man who organised a fireworks display near the scene of a crash on the M5 has criticised the authorities after a case against him was dismissed.
Geoffrey Counsell was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others after 7 people died in a crash on the motorway near the display at Taunton Rugby Club.
A Judge directed the jury to find him not guilty.
Speaking through his soliciter, Mr Counsell said "Before a final decision to go ahead with the display was taken the Highways Agency, the Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary were consulted.
"All were informed of the fact and nature of the display. No objection of any kind was raised. As matters transpired, the Taunton Deane Borough Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary were to be the agencies which prosecuted me in respect of that same display.
"The display was carried out without incident. It was a very foggy night and the fireworks produced some smoke, which would have mingled with the fog.
"However, I saw nothing to cause me to believe that any firework smoke would cause a hazard and I do not believe that it did so.
"As the judge noted in his ruling, the prosecution case was founded on criticism of me for 'failing to take a step which had never been taken before'.
"It is perhaps relevant to note that there were around 1,000 people at the display, including serving police and fire officers. Not a single one of those people raised any concern at the time about the smoke or fog, whether during or after the display."
The Judge presiding over the trial of an organiser of a firework display near the scene of a crash on the M5 said he had "no previous reason to think it was a hazard."
7 people died in the pile up on the motorway in 2011. Geoffrey Counsell was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others when smoke from a fireworks display blew onto the road before the crash.
But Judge Justice Simon directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.
Taunton Deane Borough Council say they will reconsider the guidance for putting on large fireworks displays following the acquittal of an organiser Geoffrey Counsell.
Mt Counsell was accused of failing to ensure safety when he organised a display at a rugby club near to where 7 people died in a crash on the M5.
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As the case against the man accused of causing the M5 crash is dismissed, our reporter Bob Cruwys has been to meet survivors.
The case against the man who put on a fireworks display close to the M5 in Somerset where 7 people died has been dismissed.