As we all know, fireworks can be extremely dangerous, but are there fireworks that are more dangerous then others? Below is a list of the 10 most dangerous Firework activities on the 4th of July and the percentage of ER visits they made up in 2014.
10. Public Displays of Fireworks (3% of injuries)
9. Fountain Fireworks (3% of injuries)
8. Multiple Tube Devices (5% of injuries)
7. Roman Candles (5% of injuries)
6. Novelty Fireworks i.e. snakes, party poppers (7% of injuries)
5. Illegal fireworks (10% of injuries): M80s, cherry bombs, etc. Basically anything powerful enough to turn your hand into hamburger.
4. Reloadables (14% of injuries): Also known as Artillery Shells, Mortars or Festival Balls, these fireworks mimic professional (Class B) pyrotechnics. According to one website: “These self-contained kits include launching tubes and a variety of high trajectory bursting aerial shells that you load individually. Effects are designed in the same style as the larger professional versions.”
3. Bottle rockets and other rockets (15% of injuries): Fairly safe if launched vertically. Unfortunately kids sometimes shoot them horizontally like RPGs, sometimes at other kids.
2. Sparklers (16% of injuries): For many kids, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without sparklers. But as these pretty sticks burn at up to 1,800 degrees, they can do considerable damage.
1. Small fireworks (Legal) (18% of injuries): 18 percent proves that small doesn’t necessarily mean safe.