June 26, 2019

At-home fireworks: know the risks and the law

By Diane Newberry

Though the use of fireworks to celebrate American patriotism can be traced back to the colonial era, backyard pyrotechnics can still be a risky game. Using data collected between 2000 and 2010, researchers determined the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes and on any given Independence Day, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires according to the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

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