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Fireworks Data and Statistics

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The following data and statistics show how important it is to practice safety first when setting off fireworks. In the United States, fireworks statistics show:

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths. Fire Analysis and Research, Fireworks Factsheet (PDF, 259 KB)
  • In 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

    • One-quarter (26%) of the victims of fireworks injuries were under age 15.

    • Males accounted for two-thirds (68%) of fireworks injuries.

    • 3 out of 5 (61%) fireworks injuries in 2011 were to extremities – hand or finger (46%), leg (11%), and arm, shoulder, or wrist (4%). Most of the rest (34% of total) were to parts of the head, including the eye (17% of total).

    • 8 out of 9 (89%) emergency room fireworks injuries involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for one-third (34%) of emergency room fireworks injuries.

  • In 2011, an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths. Fireworks by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013 (PDF, 121 MB)

    • During 2007-2011, 91% of the average of 19,700 fires associated with fireworks per year occurred outside any structure or vehicle. The largest numbers of these outdoor fires associated with fireworks involved grass fires (6,800 per year), brush fires (4,500), dumpster fires (1,700), unclassified or unknown-type natural or vegetation fires (1,300) and other outside trash, rubbish, or waste fires (1,200).

    • In 2007-2011, four people per year were killed in fires started by fireworks, while data from death certificates show that five people per year were killed directly by fireworks. These estimates may overlap, because fireworks can directly kill someone while also starting a fatal fire.

    • Using 2000-2010 data, the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes.

    • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

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Last Revised: September 19, 2013