Celebration Fireworks Cause Problems

There is something so childishly enticing about fireworks that all too often folks forget common sense rules about their use, such as the fact that small explosions are flammable, especially around wood structures and dry grassy areas where the wind is blowing, and that such explosions cause serious injuries when they happen in close proximity to living beings. Every Fourth of July and New Year’s, problems of these sorts are reported, and this New Year was no different.

In Montgomery County, firefighters responded to 22 separate reported incidents on New Year’s Eve, including a serious head injury sustained by a 27-year-old man, a leg injury suffered by a 45-year-old man and an eye injury suffered by a 27-year-old woman, seven separate structure fires and a dozen grass fires. Additionally, a firecracker tossed into a vehicle’s truck while it was parked in the parking lot of a strip mall near Highway 6 and Beechnut caused a trunk load of fireworks to explode into a sizable fireball which was captured on video and went viral on social media. While fireworks are a lot of fun, please take them seriously and use them responsibly.