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Spotlight on Injuries from Fireworks


Though they can be exciting, festive and fun, it is important to remember that fireworks are also dangerous (CDC 2000). In 2005, an estimated 10,800 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries (Greene & Joholske 2006). The U.S. National Fire Protection Association and CDC strongly recommend that fireworks be used only by professionals. 

Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the federal government banned the sale of the largest and most dangerous fireworks to consumers. Some states have banned the general public抯 use of fireworks altogether. Between 2000-2005, more than one third of the fireworks-related deaths involved professional devices that were illegally sold to consumers (CPSC 2006). The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.

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CDC. Notice to Readers: Injuries from fireworks in the United States. MMWR 2000:49(24);545-6

Greene MA, Joholske J. 2005 Fireworks Annual Report: Fireworks-Related Deaths, Emergency Department Treated Injuries, and Enforcement Activities during 2005. Washington (DC): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2006 [cited 27 Jan 2007]. Available at URL:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC warns consumers that using professional fireworks often has deadly results. [cited 27 Jan 2007]. Bethesda (MD): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2006a. Available at URL:

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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention