Fireworks a major risk, group says |

Fireworks a major risk, group says

Home-grown fireworks shows continue to post a substantial risk, the National Fire Protection Association said on Wednesday.

Fireworks also cause about 25,000 grass, brush, dumpster and other fires each year, the group said.

“Consumer fireworks hurt many thousands of people and cause thousands of structural and vehicle fires,” said James Shannon, president of the NFPA, in a statement. “This year’s severe nationwide drought raises additional fire risks.”

In 2005, 10,800 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to a recent report from the NFPA.

More than half of 2005 fireworks injuries were burns, according to the NFPA report. Nearly 30 percent of the injuries were contusions or lacerations.

“We hear the phrase IED – improvised explosive device – every day on the news, and yet that is exactly what fireworks are – explosive devices,” said Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Coan in a statement. “Let’s keep explosives in the hands of professionals where they belong.”

The NFPA report can be found at ( )

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