In 2013, 72 percent of the reported 133 fireworks injuries, in Kansas, occurred over a three-day span from July 3rd to July 5th, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Of those 133 injuries, 49 percent were to the hand.
Fireworks devastated this Olathe home and caused nearly $600,000 in damages.
On Independence Day in a typical year, far more US fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires (National Fire Protection Association, 2013). Some sparklers, many times considered a safe holiday favorite, can burn as hot as volcano lava!!
Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. To help keep you and your family safer, this Fourth of July, we recommend leaving fireworks to the professionals.
Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays.
The sale, use or possession of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited/illegal.
Olathe's public fireworks display is July 4 and begins at dusk - approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
More fireworks resources:
National Fire Protection Association
United States Fire Administration