You have Been Warned!
We are going to cut straight to the chase here. Here are the stats on the popularity of fireworks and the injuries incurred because of the legal and illegal use of these dangerous items!
Pounds of fireworks purchased each year in the U.S. 247,550,000 lbs
Annual display fireworks revenue $335,000,000
Annual consumer fireworks revenue $725,000,000
Total annual fireworks industry revenue (combined display and consumer) $1,060,000,000
Number of injuries per 100 lbs of Fireworks used - 3.5
Number of deaths in the US annually due to fireworks - 4
Number of serious injuries in the US each year by fireworks - 9,300
Percent of injuries caused by illegal fireworks - 40%
Percent of injuries incurred by kids under the age of 14 - 45 %
Number of Americans who lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks - 400
Number of US fires caused each year due to fireworks - 20,000
Percent of all US fire dollar loss caused by fireworks – 0.1%