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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 2013, 11,400 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. About 7,400 of those injuries occurred during a one-month period from June 21, 2013 to July 21, 2013.
Of the 7,400 injuries sustained during the studied one-month period, sparklers caused about 2,300 emergency department-treated injuries. Children under 5 years old sustained an estimated 1,000 injuries (14 percent of the total injuries during this one-month period); and children 5-14 years old sustained about 1,900 injuries, which is 26 percent of the total injuries during this one-month period.
CPSC compiles information on fireworks injuries from around the country each year. Here are some of the real-life stories of people who have been severely injured in fireworks accidents:
CPSC staff has reports of 94 fireworks-related deaths between 2000 and 2013. Some incidents where fireworks caused death include:
View the most recent report by the CPSC on Consumer Fireworks Related Injuries: 2013 Consumer Products Safety Commission Report on Fireworks (PDF, 45 pages, 745 KB).
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