City Reminds Residents That Fireworks Are Illegal in Long Beach
2013-06-24 · By Editor
With the 4th of July holiday rapidly approaching, the City of Long Beach is reminding people that all fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and encouraging people to attend a professional fireworks show, which is the best way to enjoy fireworks with your family and friends.
Here’s a sobering look at the dangers of fireworks from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 fires, eight deaths, dozens of injuries and an estimated $36 million in direct property damage in 2010.
- U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.
- Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks, with temperatures that can exceed 1,200 degrees.
- Fireworks are more than twice as likely to injure children ages 5-14 than the general population.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety does report some promising news; for the past several years, there has been a decreasing trend in the fireworks injury rates. A major reason has been the increasing popularity of professional fireworks shows, which residents are encouraged to attend.
Every year, about 50 professional shows are held throughout Los Angeles County on the Fourth of July, including shows in and around Long Beach (Alamitos Bay, July 3; Queen Mary, July 4). Check www.longbeach.gov or your local newspaper for more information, and leave fireworks shows to the professionals. They’re safe, and they’re amazing.