Fireworks Related Injuries

Statistics show that backyard use of fireworks and related injuries are increasing nationwide.

Researchers say thousands of children each year are among the victims.

From 1990 to 2003, roughly 80,000 U.S children under age 19 were treated in emergency rooms for burns and other injuries from firecrackers, bottle rockets and even sparklers.

That's according to a study prepared for July’s issue of the journal pediatrics.

Most injuries occurred around the Fourth of July.

While firecrackers cause the most injuries, sparklers accounted for almost half of last year's injuries to children younger than five.