Fireworks Accidents: Drought of Fun

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The ongoing drought in California has already changed the lives of the average citizen in many major ways. Water restrictions are in place in many cities, and the price of produce has increased. Many farmers have been forced to sell their farms as they can’t get the needed water for irrigation.

But the drought is also affecting California families in smaller ways. This Summer stands to be markedly different for many children than past Summers. Community pools are closing or changing hours, fountains are drying up, and even something as simple as easy access to drinking fountains has been cut back in certain places. Kids will still be having fun, but there will be constant reminders of the drought while they do so.

One holiday in particular stands to be much different this year because of the drought. With over a month still to go before July 4th, some California communities such as Cupertino are already announcing there will be no fireworks displays this year. There are fears of wildfires being set off by an errant firework, a very reasonable concern.

Unfortunately, canceling the official show won’t keep people from trying to stage their own displays. Though fireworks are illegal in many areas of California, they are still available. And when people decide to light their own fireworks, many things can go wrong, including:

  • Burn injuries and lost limbs due to fireworks exploding in hands or near people
  • House fires or other structural fires from launching fireworks in residential and commercial areas
  • Wildfires
  • Passerby being struck by fireworks that are improperly controlled

If you or someone you love has been injured in a fireworks related accident, it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately. The law regarding negligence and liability with fireworks injuries can be very complex, and an experienced attorney can help you navigate the court system to get the care and compensation you need.