The Denver Fire Department reported 25 fireworks-related fires ignited throughout Denver on the Fourth of July in 2016; there were 16 fires reported in 2015 and 14 in 2014. The increase in incidents is concerning to officials who now believe they underestimated the effectiveness of steep fines and potential jail time for offenders of the city’s fireworks ban.
While some cities like Aurora have lifted bans to include some fireworks like sparklers and fountains this year, many cities have not and plan to enforce illegal use and possession this Fourth of July.
Professional displays are the best way to safely enjoy fireworks; but if you plan to purchase or use fireworks this summer, be sure to check your city’s website or contact the local authorities to learn what’s safe to use in your neighborhood.
The Denver personal injury attorneys at The Frickey Law Firm would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July!
Check out these interesting facts about fireworks and encourage everyone to stay safe and leave fireworks to professionals:
- Fireworks were invented more than 2,000 years ago in China.
- Blue fireworks are the hardest to produce.
- About 90% of all fireworks are made in China.
- Americans have been setting off fireworks since 1777.
- Firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, cherry bombs, and mortars are illegal in Colorado.
- Denver and Boulder ban all fireworks including sparklers.
- Fines for illegal fireworks can be as much as $2,600.
- Fireworks are made of poisonous
- In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires throughout the U.S.
- According to the American Humane Society, July 5 is the busiest day at animal shelters.
- One-third of people hurt by fireworks are under the age of 15.
- 74% of fireworks injuries are incurred by men.
- Of all fireworks, sparklers cause the most emergency room visits.
- Italy invented the aerial shell and colored fireworks we enjoy today in professional displays.
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