For as long as we Americans can recall, the fourth of July has always been celebrated with grand fireworks shows. As huge breathtaking fireworks illuminate the skyline of our favorite public squares, we ourselves might be setting off smaller shows at home.
Unfortunately, this tradition has a history of winding up less celebratory, more emergency for many. Reportedly, about 180 people seek treatment for fireworks-related injuries every day from mid-June to mid-July each year.
Fireworks can be dangerous — even the legal ones like sparklers. Safety experts warn that some of them burn hot enough to melt metals. Reckless use of fireworks can, and do, lead to severe injuries and even death.