The 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July is when officials see the most injuries from fireworks. Many times these injuries stem from malfunctioning fireworks or the mishandling of fireworks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency departments last year due to firework-related injuries. Of those 8,700 people, 5,000 were seen at hospitals between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012.
The injuries really range from fireworks too. Some can be minor in nature, while others can be severe and life-altering, like an amputation. And while not as common, some firework injuries can even be deadly.
Children are also at a unique risk when it comes to fireworks as some parents do not take the dangers to heart and honestly believe things like sparklers and firecrackers are safe for children. However, the truth is that a fun little sparkler burns at approximately 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to burn some metals. Due to this temperature, one can only imagine what would happen if a small child was to burn themselves or a friend with a sparkler.
In terms of malfunctioning fireworks, these are typically the ones that can shoot off dangerous debris and take unexpected flight paths. For example, while someone might set up the fireworks properly and set to go straight, a malfunctioning one may just shoot off to the side. When people are too close — or children are not being properly supervised — this can lead to serious injuries.
Depending on what caused the injury, or where the injury occurred — like a neighbor’s backyard barbeque — there may be grounds to sue. An attorney in Pennsylvania who has experience handling a variety of personal injury cases would be able to provide more information.
Source: Patch.com, “How Many Were Injured by Fireworks Last Year?“Mischa Arnosky, July 4, 2013