Holiday Fireworks Hurt 5,000 in 30 Days
Despite their family-friendly reputation, fireworks are more dangerous than many believe them to be. Last year, more than 5,000 people were sent to U.S. emergency rooms with injuries caused by fireworks during the 30 days surrounding the July 4 holiday.
Firecrackers, aerial explosions, and homemade explosives caused most of the injuries. Officials report that these injuries typically involve burns to the hands, head, and face, but they've also seen pieces of fingers blown off and even death. Six men died last year during the time around the July 4 holiday, including a teenager who was killed after a makeshift bundle of 300 sparklers unexpectedly exploded.
Injury most often occurs when a firework malfunctions, but people are also hurt when fireworks are played with or lit when someone is in the explosive's line of fire. Over 1,000 of last year's injuries around the holiday involved fireworks considered safe for young children. These fireworks, including sparkler sticks, can burn up to about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—the same temperature as a blow torch.
The Pittsburgh Police Bomb Squad demonstrated what can happen when fireworks go wrong: after setting off a firework, a chunk of watermelon was blown almost the length of a football field. Officials remind people that there is no such thing as a completely safe firework; in fact, 30 percent of all imported fireworks don't meet federal guidelines. The officials say that while the safest way to watch fireworks is to go to a professional display, if you plan on setting off fireworks at home, remember to obey firework laws, supervise children closely, and use common sense.
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