Each year in the United States, approximately 10,000 people are medically treated for fireworks-related injuries. Males sustain about 72% of the injuries. Parts of the body most frequently injured are hands and fingers, eyes, and head and face. More than half of the injuries reported involve burns. Injuries are most commonly associated with fire-crackers, sparklers, and rockets.
With dry land all around us right now, fireworks can start fires once the sparks hit the ground causing great risk, injuries, and property loss. Additionally, the sparks could hit a person causing them to suffer severe burns or catch fire.
It is important to remember that Pennsylvania law only allows sparklers, sparkler fountains, and smoke bombs — nothing that explodes or propels itself. While sparklers may look pretty to young children, use extreme caution when playing with them because they burn between 1,000 and 1,800 degrees.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a firework accident this Fourth of July, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Reiff & Bily may be able to help you.