In 1998, the Division of Fire Prevention compiled at list regarding firework associated injuries in Illinois. The list was compiled from data at more than 200 area hospitals for a four-week time period surrounding the Fourth of July regarding patients who suffered injuries after a firework accident. That year, there were 172 firework related injuries. The largest number of injuries affected fingers at 23%. Firecrackers accounted the largest amount of injuries at 34 incidents, which was 20%. The leading type of injury were burn injuries, which accounted for nearly half of all the injuries. Some other types of injuries were lacerations, abrasions, fractures, loss of sight, dismemberment, hearing loss, and fatalities, with 6 people dying from their fireworks related injuries. Be safe this Fourth of July and watch a public display of fireworks.
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