Firework Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: American Pyrotechnics Association, National Council on Firework Safety
Date Verified: 7.3.2013
The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually it spread to other cultures and societies. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would survive the war; fireworks were a part of all festivities.
Firework Industry StatisticsData
Pounds of fireworks purchased each year in the US213.2 lbs
Annual fireworks industry revenue$940 million
Firework Injury StatisticsData
Number of injuries per 100 lbs of Fireworks used3.5
Number of deaths in the US annually due to fireworks4
Number of serious injuries in the US each year by fireworks9,300
Percent of injuries caused by illegal fireworks40 %
Percent of injuries incurred by kids under the age of 1445 %
Number of Americans who lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks400
Number of US fires caused each year due to fireworks20,000
Percent of all US fire dollar loss caused by fireworks0.1 %
Firework Injuries by Type of DeviceData
Firecrackers32 %
Sky Rockets15 %
Sparklers10 %
Fountains7 %
Spinners & Novelties5 %
Roman Candles4 %
Reloadable Mortars3 %
Other9 %
Unknown15 %
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