Fireworks Factory Operator Died in Warehouse Blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A man who officials believe operated an illegal fireworks factory has been identified as one of eight people killed in an explosion and fire linked to the factory, authorities said.
The remains of Thomas C. Cuyos, 28, were identified Friday by the San Francisco coroner’s office. Officials have so far identified six of the victims of the $10 million explosion and fire at the Bay View Industrial Park.
The illegal fireworks factory was the main cause of the April 4 explosion, fire officials said.
Cuyos headed a company called Infinite Technology Inc., which was incorporated last year as a fireworks manufacturer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The corporation headquarters were listed as being outside San Francisco.
The Oakland Tribune reported that Cuyos and two other men claimed to be operating a computer paper firm at the industrial complex while actually manufacturing fireworks, which is illegal in San Francisco.