Large-scale fireworks disasters are rare, but injuries and deaths from defective fireworks are very common around the 4th of July. In recent years, over 700,000 fireworks and sparklers have been recalled for explosion hazards.
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What Causes Fireworks Injuries & Deaths?
Firework injuries are mostly caused by malfunctioning fireworks (errant flight paths, tip-overs, early ignitions, explosions, etc.) or misusing the firework by holding it in the hand or standing too close.
How Many People Are Injured by Fireworks?
In 2014, fireworks caused 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries that were serious enough to require treatment in a hospital emergency room, according to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Are Sparklers Dangerous?
Even sparklers can be hazardous. About 37% of fireworks injuries involve sparklers. The sparks themselves cool off quickly and are relatively harmless, but the stick burns extremely hot — 1800ºF to 3000ºF — easily hot enough to cause severe burns or melt clothing.
Types of Defective Firework Injuries
The most common types of injuries from fireworks include:
- Burns (50% of all firework injuries)
- Hit by a firework
- Hearing loss or deafness
- Vision loss or blindness
- Blowing off fingers, arms, or legs
- Smoke inhalation
- House fires
$300,000 Lawsuit Filed Over Defective Fireworks
In July 2017, a defective firework lawsuit (PDF) was filed in Oregon by 3 people who were burned by handheld fountain fireworks sold under the names “Dazzling Diamonds,” “Glow Beam,” and “Touch of Sparkler.”
The victims include a 7 year-old boy who was burned on his torso, as well as a 4 month-old girl and her mother, Kori Ware, who watched in “extreme terror” as the firework exploded and burned her baby’s face, arms, hands, and legs.
The problem is that the rear plug can dislodge while the firework is lit, resulting in burn injuries to the person holding the device. There were 6 reports of burn injuries by the time a recall was issued in December 2015.
TNT Red, White & Blue Smoke Firework Recall
The manufacturer says the recalled TNT Ammo Smoke fireworks can explode out of the bottom of the tube, which is particularly dangerous because a lot of people hold smoke bombs in their hands.
There were 3 reports of the fireworks exploding unexpectedly after being lit, resulting in 3 people suffering burn injuries.
The recalled fireworks were sold with three canisters per bag for $5 at Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers in Illinois, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin from May 2017 through June 2017.
Black Cat Glitter Fountain Firework Recall
In July 2016, Winco Fireworks recalled about 14,000 “Black Cat Cone Fountains” after 3 reports of the fireworks spraying outward. They were sold nationwide from March 2016 to June 2016 for about $9.
Yo Yo Sparkler Recall Lawsuit
In June 2015, Jake’s Fireworks recalled about 651,500 “YO YO Sparklers” after 12 reports of the sparklers burning too fast down the stick and causing burn injuries to a users’ hands.
In September 2016, a lawsuit was filed in Georgia by Johnny L. Bruins, a man who was burned by a YO YO Sparkler on the 4th of July in 2015 — just before he handed the sparkler to a child:
“But as soon as he lit the sparkler, rather than it merely emitting sparks, it exploded in his hand, catching fire and engulfing Mr. Bruins’ left hand in fire, causing severe and painful burns.”
Space Monkey Firework Recall
In November 2015, Fireworks Over America issued a recall for about 36,500 Space Monkey multi-effect fireworks that shoot flaming balls. The problem is that the lit firework can tip over and fire shells at bystanders posing burn, fire and impact hazards to consumers. They were sold from November 2014 to August 2015 for about $15 each.
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