In 2020, the CPSC’s report listed an estimated 15,600 people who were hospitalized with injuries related to fireworks – the highest number in the last 15 years. Fireworks handled incorrectly can be fatal; 12 out of 18 deaths reported in 2020 were related to misuse.
More than 50% of the incidents reported in 2021 involved either the hands, fingers, or head. Burns were by far the most common of injuries, followed by fractures/sprains, cuts, and bumps. Such situations are often complicated by alcohol and drug misuse.
The fireworks causing the highest number of injuries were the “mortar” category followed by sparklers, wire/wood core, roman candles, and bottle rockets. Frequently, the person injured is not the one actually handling the firework but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Two types of injury are commonly seen: burn injuries, as can be expected from anything that could explode. Additionally, a blast effect-type injury can occur, which causes deeper trauma.