Fireworks Regulations & Safety
Fireworks are fun but dangerous. To assist in proving that point, we have gathered necessary statistics of both property and bodily damages from previous years.
Facts & Figures
- In 2005, fireworks caused an estimated 1,800 total structure fires and 700 vehicle fires reported to fire departments. These 2,500 fires resulted in an estimated 60 civilian injuries and $39 million in direct property damage. There were no reported civilian deaths.
- In 2006, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,200 people for fireworks related injuries. 49% of the injuries were to the extremities and 46% were to the head. 55% of the 2006 fireworks injuries were burns, while 30% were contusions and lacerations.
- The risk of fireworks injury was two and a half times as high for children ages 10-14 as for the rest of the general population.
- Between 2001-2005, an estimated 1 person per year was killed in reported fires started by fireworks, while 6 people per year were killed directly by fireworks.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
- Five states ban the use of fireworks by consumers (DE, MA, NJ, NY, and RI). The other 45 states and the District of Columbia permit some or all consumer fireworks.
- The American Pyrotechnics Association has compiled a helpful map and directory of state-by-state fireworks control laws.
- Source: NFPA's Fireworks, by John R. Hall, Jr., May 2008
- Download a report on fireworks (PDF), including tables, figures, fact sheets, safety tips / resources, and other data.
Model Fireworks Law
For more than half a century, NFPA has led the charge to protect the public from injuries and fires resulting from indiscriminate use of fireworks. The International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) offers a model fireworks law (PDF) which reflects NFPA's zero-tolerance policy on amateur use of fireworks.
Fire Investigation Reports
|Topic (Click to view or download)||City||Date|
|Firework manufacturing||Jaffrey, NH||August 14, 1988|
|Explosion||Jennings, OK||June 25, 1985|
NFPA Journal® Articles on Fireworks
|Article Name (Click to view or download)||Description||Date|
|Support for NFPA's Fireworks Ban Grows||The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks aims to prevent injury and fire.||May / June 2005|
|A Long Road Back||A story about fireworks in untrained hands.||September / October 2004|
|Safe 'crackers||The sale of legal consumer fireworks prompts NFPA to develop a standard protecting retail consumer fireworks facilities.||May / June 2001|