|Fireworks: Dangerous and Illegal|
|By Ex-Chief Jerry Galu|
|June 30, 2019|
Over 30,000 fires are caused by fireworks each year and U.S. hospital emergency rooms treat an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries. Nearly two-thirds of fireworks-related injuries are caused by backyard fireworks, including firecrackers and bottle rockets. The most severe injuries are typically caused by powerful fireworks, such as M-80's, rockets, and cherry bombs.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, on Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. We urge people to avoid needless injuries and fire damage by leaving fireworks to the professionals. Attending a public fireworks display is a safe, enjoyable and legal way to celebrate Independence Day.
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