July Fourth is a traditional day for picnics, parades and pyrotechnics. Families and communities join together when darkness falls to watch fountains of color explode and streak across the sky. But each year the celebration is marred by fireworks accidents, and this year was no different.
In Kingman, Arizona, a man was critically injured during the last minutes of the Independence Day fireworks display at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. An entire box of fireworks suddenly exploded. The injured man suffered massive head trauma, facial fractures, burns and the likely loss of an eye.
Despite their beauty, fireworks in the hands of amateurs — and professionals — cause serious injury and death. In 2012, fireworks killed six people and injured more than 8,700, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Staying safe on the Fourth of July, or any time of year, is no accident. Consider these safety tips around all types of fireworks:
- Never leave children unattended with fireworks. Sparklers burn hot enough to melt certain metals.
- In your neighborhood or at a park, stay clear of launch areas and illegal fireworks.
- Beware of homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and often deadly.
- Never light fireworks or firecrackers in metal or glass containers.
From sea to shining sea, Independence Day rains fireworks and sometimes-fatal injuries. If fireworks cause an injury to you or a family member, talk with skilled legal counsel about your right to compensation.