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 Statistics Data
Pounds of fireworks purchased each year in the US 213.2 lbs
Annual fireworks industry revenue $940 million
Firework Injury Statistics Data
Number of injuries per 100 lbs of Fireworks used 3.5
Number of deaths in the US annually due to fireworks 4
Number of serious injuries in the US each year by fireworks 9,300
Percent of injuries caused by illegal fireworks 40 %
Percent of injuries incurred by kids under the age of 14 45 %
Number of Americans who lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks 400
Number of US fires caused each year due to fireworks 20,000
Percent of all US fire dollar loss caused by fireworks 0.1 %
Firework Injuries by Type of Device Data
Firecrackers 32 %
Sky Rockets 15 %
Sparklers 10 %
Fountains 7 %
Spinners & Novelties 5 %
Roman Candles 4 %
Reloadable Mortars 3 %
Other 9 %
Unknown 15 %
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