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Injuries from Fireworks? Stay Safe this Fourth of July

Injuries from Fireworks? Stay Safe this Fourth of July

Fourth of July and fireworks go hand-in-hand. Chances are, a home in your neighborhood will have fireworks going off in their front yard. But did you know that Los Angeles County bans fireworks in all 49 cities and unincorporated areas?

There are “safe and sane” fireworks, which may be permissible. However, according to one Pasadena fire chief, even sparklers can cause serious burns to others and have the potential to cause fires.

The fire chief reported these sparklers can reach up to 1,200 degrees, and are more than capable of causing severe and potentially damaging

What are “safe and sane” fireworks?

“Safe and sane” fireworks are legal to purchase. These types of fireworks do not fly or explode.

Examples of “safe and sane” fireworks includes:

  • Sparklers
  • Strobes
  • Snappers
  • Fountains
  • Ground spinners
  • Wheels

Fire chiefs go through stringent testing of “safe and sane” fireworks before they reach consumers. For example, spray fountain fireworks may not project farther than 10 feet up. If the fire chief measures the projection to go above that 10-foot mark, the firework will be rejected.

How Negligence Can Contribute to Injuries

Amusement park and stadium fireworks shows may use rocks and aerial launchers, but these displays are illegal for the average citizen. "Safe and sane” varieties are considered “tame” by enthusiasts, and they are not as showy as fireworks launched by rockets or missiles.

Sadly, you may encounter fireworks purchased illegally, which can be dangerous.

If a person purchases illegal fireworks and causes and injury, that person is not only responsible for their reckless behavior, but could also face criminal charges.

Our attorneys want to help you stay safe!

As you can see, fireworks of all varieties can cause severe injuries. From burns to smoke inhalation, and in the worst possible cases, even death. We at Biren Law Group encourage you to enjoy your summer and the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, but to do so safely.

If you or a loved one has been injured by fireworks or during any other summer celebration, do not wait to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Call (310) 896-4345 to speak with our team.

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