INJURIES ARE RARE
Setting off commercial fireworks is a job that is not to be taken lightly. Although injuries are fairly rare, they can include burns, eye and hand injuries, and even death. A larger risk comes from pieces of burning firework landing on a building or in a field and starting a fire.
Injuries in the factories that make fireworks can be deadly. In 2017, seven people were killed in Pingxiang, Jiangxi province in China in a factory explosion.
Consumer fireworks, the kind that seem to flood your neighborhood on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve, are much more dangerous. In 2016 for example, there were 11,000 fireworks-related injuries between June 16 and July 18th. There were also four deaths related to fireworks in the US in 2016.
Consumer fireworks are not legal in every state and are banned outright in Massachusetts. The American Pyrotechnic Association maintains a list of the rules for each state.
Be careful and be smart—you don’t want to add to this year’s injury statistics!
(Image source: Consumer Products Safety Commission)