Ban fireworks? Get serious
After a couple of mishaps over the July 4 weekend, state Fire Marshal William Degnan has called for a state fireworks ban. Two men in Pelham were injured by a reloadable mortar device, and one of them sustained a serious hand wound. Two years ago, in the same neighborhood, 13 people were injured in an accident involving hundreds of exploding reloadable mortars. Degnan says it’s time to ban them.
According to an April report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average rate of fireworks injuries in the United States over the last 15 years has been 3.2 injuries for every 100,000 people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average annual rate of traumatic brain injuries sustained in youth sports is 298 for every 100,000 people.