Dangers of Fireworks / Pyrotechnics and the Legal Ramifications of User Error
Each year around Independence Day, injuries among children and adults rise significantly from fireworks. While many stage events have fireworks / pyrotechnics throughout the year, “Fourth of July” celebrations typically kick off with a BBQ and fireworks. Many of the injuries suffered from the explosives are often the result of user error. However, fireworks themselves can malfunction often resulting in severe burns. Not only is the operator in danger of a malfunction, but also the spectators of the event. Studies have shown that spectators account for up to 40% of reported firework injuries. A scorching rocket darting into a crowd of onlookers can cause severe burns. Last summer, close to ten-thousand people were treated for injuries associated with fireworks. Those injuries are typically burns and lacerations, but also may include hearing loss or loss of sight. The most common variety of firework causing injury are bottle-rockets, firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers. Yes, sparklers! Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and can throw sparks striking the eye and head. It is also not understood by many that the average fuse time on a firework is only three-five seconds.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as a result of the negligence from an individual or company using fireworks or pyrotechnics, contact Benson & Bingham for a negligence consultation. However, if you believe the firework itself malfunctioned, you may have a potential product liability case. Contact Benson & Bingham at (702)-382-9797.