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How common are injuries from fireworks?

Burns are a common injury from fireworks. In fact, they're more common that you would think. Yet, fireworks don't just cause burns. You can also have a blast injury if you're near fireworks when they explode.

In 2010, US hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries. Children under 15 years old accounted for 40 percent of the estimated injuries.

Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine Specialist

It's important to be vigilant when it comes to fireworks displays. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, each year, about 10,000 firework-related injuries are seen in emergency rooms (ERs) across the country, with half of those being kids.

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