There were three non-occupational, fireworks-related deaths in the U.S. in 2010, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.

A 22-year-old man from Colorado died when he fell about 100 feet off a cliff after he detonated fireworks. The man stood near the edge of a cliff and lit a firework while he had another in his hand. The man fell to his death after he misstepped when the one in his hand accidentally detonated, according to news reports on the incident.

A 49-year-old man from Nebraska was fatally injured in an explosion when he illegally manufactured homemade fireworks in his garage. Materials and tools used in the illegal production of fireworks or explosives were recovered by the authorities at the scene.

A 55-year-old man from Louisiana died in a house explosion caused by teenagers setting off fireworks. The boys were shooting roman candles at the victim’s home and one of them ignited a curtain in the house. The fire caused an explosion in the house, leaving the victim unable to escape.

There were reports of 74 fireworks-related deaths between 2000 and 2010, for an average of 6.7 deaths per year.

In 2010, the most recent data available, there were an estimated 8,600 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries. There were an estimated 8,800 injuries in 2009.

Source: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.