Can we beat the record this year? In 2013, fireworks-related injuries blasted their way to their highest level in a decade, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The tally of woe includes 11,400 injuries, a 31 percent increase from 2012's 8,700 reported injuries. That's a lot of blown-off fingers.
At least eight people died of injuries or in fires caused by fireworks, according to the agency's annual report. And these weren't kids, either. Among the deaths:
- a 33-year-old male and a 49-year-old woman died in a building fire ignited by fireworks powder
- a 35-year-old man died five days after a powerful firework blew up in his face
- a 54-year-old man perished when a launching tube in his hand, held at chest level, blew up and tore into his chest
- a 46-year-old male making illegal fireworks in his trailer died when the works blew up
- a 42-year-old male who leaned over a firework and tried to light it with his cigarette died of an explosive head injury
These are the highest injury numbers since 2005, when 10,800 injuries were reported, and 2000, when 11,000 injuries were reported. Hands and fingers bear the brunt of the wounds — 41 percent, with a lot of burns. Heads, faces and ears are next at 19 percent.
Be careful out there this weekend, folks.» Read the full government report from the CPSC