Fourth of July and Serious Risks for Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

Fourth of July and Serious Risks for Accidents in St. Louis and Elsewhere

“Too often during the July 4th holiday, someone playing with fireworks winds up getting hurt, hurting a bystander or starting a fire,” said State Fire Marshal Randy Cole.


Even in recent weeks, two firework accidents resulted with serious injuries. One of them left a man with some serious head injuries in Camben County. It all happened when his consumer fireworks exploded unexpectedly. On the very same day, a firework accident in Raytown left a woman with life-threatening injuries and two others injured, according to the Missouri State Department of Public Safety. In this accident, officials report that the fireworks were being disassembled when it all happened. The explosion tore a door off its hinges and blew out two windows of a nearby building. Fireworks-related accidents in St. Louis and elsewhere can end just as bad, if not worse. Leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the holidays!

Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys are asking all residents to please be careful and cautious when using fireworks this year. These items must be handled with care. Officials are worried about even more this year though. With the dry weather they’re worrying about fires as well. The Fourth of July sees more reports of fires than any other day. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were nearly 23,000 fires in 2008 because of fireworks. Of these fires, nearly 1,500 were structure fires, about 500 were vehicle fires and close to 21,000 were outside fires and other fires. All of these incidents cost about $42 million in direct property damage.

Missouri Firework Accident Statistics:

-There were more than 415 people treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2007. Nearly 50 were admitted.

-From 2002 to 2007, there were nearly 2,700 people treated for fireworks-related injuries.

Of annual injury reports, nearly 40 percent of emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the head. Nearly 60 percent were injuries to extremities.

If you’ve got children around you might want to keep an extra close eye on them. Children between the ages of 5- and 14-years-old are nearly 3 times more likely to suffer a fireworks-related injury than any other age group.


If you’re heading out for the Fourth of July holiday you’re urged to be just as careful behind the wheel.

The Fourth serves as one of the deadliest days to be on the road. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), officials are predicting that more than 170 people will be killed in car accidents over the Fourth of July. Another 17,000 people are expected to be injured during this time, too. According to statistics, about 40 percent of these accidents will be drunk driving crashes. Drivers are urged to not only stay sober behind the wheel but to practice their safest driving habits during this time. Responsible and alert driving habits may be one of your best bets against a potentially fatal car accident.

More Blog Entries:

Fatal Springfield Car Accidents Common on Fourth of July, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, July 4, 2011

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