Fireworks

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

A local seller says business has been booming. One of their biggest sellers is called All American. They say people are looking for lots of colors and noise. But, you need to be careful.

In 1998 fireworks caused 21,000 fires resulting in $15 million in damage. And in the year 2000, more than 11,000 people were injured by fireworks.

"They're very dangerous especially for right now as dry as it's been you don't want to be messing around with fireworks because a stray firework could start a grass fire and lead to a structure fire," J.T. Turner says.

Just a reminder, fireworks are not allowed in Harrisonburg. If you live in Rockingham County, Augusta County, Waynesboro or Staunton you can have certain types of fireworks, check with your fire department.

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Fireworks-Related Injuries

How Extensive Is the Problem?

  • In 1999, 16 people died and an estimated 8,500 were non-fatally injured from fireworks in the United States. Estimated emergency department-treated injuries decreased 32 percent from 1994, when an estimated 12,500 fireworks injuries were sustained.

  • Seven of every 100 people injured from fireworks require hospitalization.

Who Is Most Likely to Be Injured?

  • More than 40 percent of those injured from fireworks are children 14 years of age and younger.

  • Males are injured three times as frequently as females.

  • Boys between 5 and 14 years of age have the highest fireworks-related injury rate.

  • Those who are actively participating in fireworks-related activities are more frequently injured, and sustain more severe injuries, than bystanders.

When and Where Do the Injuries Happen?

  • Injuries occur on and around holidays associated with fireworks celebrations, especially Independence Day and New Year's Eve. Two-thirds of all fireworks injuries occur during the month of July.

  • Homes are where most of these injuries occur, followed by recreational settings, streets or highways, and parking lots or occupational settings.

    What Kinds of Injuries Occur?

    • Fireworks-related injuries most frequently involve hands and fingers (40 percent), the head and face (20 percent), and eyes (18 percent). More than half of the injuries are burns (55 percent); contusions and lacerations were second most frequent (25 percent).

    • Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential fires.

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/fworks.htm (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).


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