The fireworks-related injuries dropped more than fifteen percent from 2005 to 2006, bringing the rate of injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used to an all-time low according to information released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since 1992, the actual number of fireworks-related injuries has been reduced by over twenty-six percent.

This becomes an amazing statistic when you consider than in 2006 the amount of fireworks used in America as measured by the volume of imported fireworks was more than three times what was used in 1992, rising from 87.1 million pounds to over 278 million pounds.

From 1992 to 2006, the raw number of estimated fireworks-related injuries dropped from 12,500 to 9,200. Based on injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used, the rate of injuries has dropped over seventy-six percent during this period from 14.3 per 100,000 pounds to 3.3 per 100,000 pounds.

Add to this information the fact that some thirty-five percent of the reported injuries are from products other than consumer fireworks (illegal explosives, unspecified devices, professional fireworks and homemade or altered devices), and the statistics are even more dramatic.

There is no other industry involving products with some risk associated with them that can boast of such astounding success in controlling and reducing the product-related injuries. It is an accepted fact that with most products when use increases, there is a corresponding increase in associated product injuries.

From 1989 to 2006 when there was a 437 percent increase in use of All-Terrain Vehicles, there was a 457 percent increase in ATV-related injuries.

From 1989 to 1998 when there was a 350 percent increase in trampoline sales, there was a 98 percent increase in trampoline-related injuries.

The best most industries can hope for when product use rises is a reduction in the rate of increase of the product-related injuries, but there is still a significant increase in injuries. Only with fireworks when there is a major increase in use is there an actual decrease in injuries, and a very substantial decrease at that.

Fireworks opponents try to undermine the public’s confidence in consumer fireworks by citing the single-year number of fireworks-related injuries, but fail to put the injuries in the context of the increase in use of the products or the year-to-year reduction in the number of injuries.

The tradition of celebrating Independence Day and freedom with fireworks is ingrained in the very soul of our country. There is nothing more strongly associated with the tradition of Independence Day than fireworks, and this has been the case since the founding of our nation.

Former President John Adams predicted in 1776 in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade… bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

Fireworks provide the citizens of this state and this nation a means to demonstrate their freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day today as John Adams predicted, with illuminations or fireworks and the modern day equivalent of bonfires - family cookouts. America loves her fireworks.

Please enjoy Independence Day with your family and celebrate safely.

April Walton, Manager

Elizabeth Analetto, Assistant Manager

On Behalf of Phantom Fireworks, Seabrook

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