I have received some criticism for my posting about fireworks. When it comes to firecrackers though, I continue to be bewildered by the fuss — and oppressive regulation. I suffered a badly-burned finger once and had my ears ringing a few times but there were never any serious problems among my 10 year old pals. And we did have fun. . . . .
Let’s look at statistics. According to a 2004 study, there were 9,600 fireworks injuries in the United States. None were fatal and most occurred in the month surrounding the 4th of July. http://www.pyrouniverse.com/stats.htm This number of injuries is a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to other activities such as high school football where there were 500,000 injuries in the 2005-6 season including 16 fatalities (see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070815154430.htm ). I have no kneecap in my right leg thanks to high school football. . . .
I try and put things like this into some logical perspective and cause/effect context. Firecrackers for me were a hoot and generally safe. The cherry bombs, Roman candles and such? Okay — I agree they should be reserved for adults. And probably limited to rural environs. But please tell me this — would you rather allow your son to play high school football or light off some Black Cat (I still remember my favorite brand) firecrackers? I know what I would choose. . . . .