Firework Safety Facts

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

While some cities in Texas have banned possession of fireworks within city limits and some counties have restricted what kind of fireworks you can buy, here are some facts to keep you thinking if you plan on using fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July:

In 2007, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,800 people for fireworks related injuries.

* 56% of the injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head.

* 49% of the 2006 fireworks injuries were burns, while 29% were contusions and lacerations.

*Nearly half of the victims of fireworks in 2007 were under the age of 15. The risk of fireworks injury was nearly two-and-a-half times as high for children ages 10-14 as for the general population.

*Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for 25% of all emergency room fireworks injuries in 2005.

*On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

*Fireworks caused an estimated 1,700 total structure fires and 600 vehicle fires reported to fire departments in 2005. These fires resulted in $34 million in direct property damage.

*More fires are reported on a typical Fourth of July than on any other day of the year and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Brazos County has a restriction on aerial fireworks, and just having fireworks in your possession in Bryan or College Station's city limits is illegal.


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