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Fireworks: Spectacular Danger

 

Fireworks are not legal for use inside the city limits of Fargo.  

Play it safe, and let professionals handle the fireworks. Professional fireworks make a better display, which you and your family can watch in safety.

A painful and sometimes deadly lesson

Decades of tragic experience teach this lesson: Fireworks are dangerous.

Young people suffer the great majority of fireworks injuries, most frequently injuries to the eyes, head, or hands. Losing your sight or losing a finger is a tragic price to pay for a few minutes of fun with fireworks.

Even seemingly harmless sparklers cause many injuries. For children under age five, sparklers account for three-quarters of all fireworks injuries. Fascinated by the bright sparks, little children may wrap their hands around a stick of fire that can be as hot as 1800 degrees F.

According to the National Fire Protection Association:
"In 2005, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,800 people for fireworks related injuries.  48% of 2005 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the head and 44% were to the extremities.

The damage doesn't stop with personal injury
Injuries are only part of the problem. Local fire departments are called to thousands of fires started by fireworks. Those fires have caused property damage totalling millions.

"In 2004, fireworks caused an estimated 1,500 total structure fires and 600 vehicle fires reported to fire departments. These fires resulted in 20 civilian injuries and $21 million in direct property damage. There were no reported civilian deaths." (Source: National Fire Protection Association)