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A Record Year for Firework Injuries

Fireworks led to 8 deaths and 11,400 reported injuries in 2013. Stay safe this weekend.

Fireworks safety demonstration showed what a firework could do to this watermelon. Eric Reed for Patch.
Fireworks safety demonstration showed what a firework could do to this watermelon. Eric Reed for Patch.

by Dennis Robaugh

Can we beat the record this year? In 2013, fireworks-related injuries blasted their way to their highest level in a decade, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The tally of woe includes 11,400 injuries, a 31 percent increase from 2012's 8,700 reported injuries. That's a lot of blown-off fingers.

At least eight people died of injuries or in fires caused by fireworks, according to the agency's annual report. And these weren't kids, either. Among the deaths:

  • a 33-year-old male and a 49-year-old woman died in a building fire ignited by fireworks powder
  • a 35-year-old man died five days after a powerful firework blew up in his face
  • a 54-year-old man perished when a launching tube in his hand, held at chest level, blew up and tore into his chest
  • a 46-year-old male making illegal fireworks in his trailer died when the works blew up
  • a 42-year-old male who leaned over a firework and tried to light it with his cigarette died of an explosive head injury

These are the highest injury numbers since 2005, when 10,800 injuries were reported, and 2000, when 11,000 injuries were reported. Hands and fingers bear the brunt of the wounds — 41 percent, with a lot of burns. Heads, faces and ears are next at 19 percent.

Be careful out there this weekend, folks.

Also read: Festive and Dangerous: 5 Fireworks Safety Tips

» Read the full government report from the CPSC
athomepcs July 05, 2014 at 03:01 AM
well we are getting dumber due to everything being so easy an ppl being so lazy i mean did you hear about tht dumb cam woman being hit by a train so yup we can beat it good news tho more dead dumb ppl we get smarter lol
Jack July 05, 2014 at 11:29 PM
You can't just say there are a record number of injuries and leave it that. In reality the amount of fireworks sold increases each year. The number of injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks sold is down dramatically since 1980. http://i.imgur.com/5vDu6Bl.png
Ronald E Weber July 06, 2014 at 04:50 PM
crabs where can I get good crabs the cheapest
Wayne DeBack July 06, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Fireworks are for rubes.

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