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Defective and Dangerous Fireworks

Fireworks are popular during our country’s Independence Day celebrations; however, many people use fireworks to celebrate all kinds of occasions. While there are smaller fireworks that are safe for use, larger fireworks should only be handled and operated by professionals. Only professionals truly understand the safety procedures necessary for operating larger firework displays. Setting off fireworks without following safety procedures almost always results in injuries.

While you may not think that fireworks require a great deal of skill to operate, approximately 11 people died in 2006 from improper firework operations. Another 10,000 people were also injured that same year due to dangerous or defective fireworks. Close to 5% of these injuries required the hospitalization of the patients.

In some cases, fireworks are manufactured with defects. If a firework is defective, it may not work in the way that it is meant to. There is no real way to know if fireworks are defective, making them all the more dangerous for amateurs and professionals alike.

Injuries associated with fireworks often appear on the hands, eyes, head, face, and ears of the victims. Burns are the most common type of injury caused by fireworks. Injury to the eyes or head may cause lacerations, contusions, and the introduction of foreign bodies into the eye.

Firework injuries may be as minor as a small burn or as serious as permanent disability. Other injuries include:

  • Third degree burns
  • Blindness
  • Permanent scarring
  • Loss of limbs
  • Hearing loss

Dangerous or defective fireworks may also lead to the destruction of property due to fire. Always follow safety procedures and precautions when operating or watching a fireworks display.

If you have been injured by any type of firework, contact the Green Bay firework injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-757-8644 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.