We recently read in The News Tribune that a Puyallup man has been charged with six felonies for hoarding illegal fireworks. Don Albert Murphy, 48, was arrested after someone tipped off police that Murphy was selling illegal fireworks. Undercover investigators arrested Murphy after an undercover informant purchased illegal fireworks from Murphy. Murphy admitted that he had been selling illegal fireworks for the past five years and that he had knowledge that an accident involving fireworks he sold caused a child to lose fingers last year.
In light of this article, The Farber Law Group would like to remind residents of Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Seattle and Yarrow Point that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in these cities. We would also like to remind people to exercise great caution, regardless of whether fireworks are legal in your city, in the use of fireworks. We recommend attending a professional fireworks show is the safest was to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
Over the years, we have documented the downside of personal fireworks in the countless personal injuries and even some deaths, either by explosion or fireworks-related house fires, because of fireworks.
While fireworks are fun and exciting, it is important that one obey local laws as well as exercise proper fire safety. In the case when someone breaks a law or fails to take fire safety precautions, that person may be legally liable for any injuries or deaths and property damages caused by the errant or illegal use of fireworks.
Fireworks cause more than 17,000 fires every years including structure fires, vehicle fires, brush fires and dumpster fires. In 2011, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries with 61% of the injuries to the extremities and 34% to the head.
The most common fireworks-related injury are burn injuries. Injuries to the hands and fingers are some of the most frequent fireworks-related injuries. Other injuries include lacerations or injuries to the face, eyes or head. While burn injuries are extremely painful, sometimes there are deaths associated with fireworks or explosives.
Sparklers are the type of fireworks that causes the greatest number of injuries. Sparklers gets very hot and they can reach up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Farber Law Group urges you to attend a community fireworks display on the 4th of July even though we understand the appeal of home-based events and the easy access of fireworks at Indian reservations.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a fireworks injury caused the by the negligence of another, contact The Farber Law Group at 425-455-9087 to learn about your rights. We are here to help you.