The Fourth of July is a festive holiday commonly associated with barbeques, parades, and fireworks. It is also one of the most dangerous holiday weekends of the year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 230 people injured by fireworks visit the emergency room every day around the Fourth of July holiday. To avoid injuries and hefty fines, it is imperative to engage in responsible use of consumer fireworks and to be aware of local fireworks laws.
Safety Tips for Fireworks Use
The National Council on Fireworks Safety provides some safety tips to promote safe and responsible use of fireworks.
- Read the instructions and warnings prior to igniting
- Use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, cars, trees, and plants
- Wear safety goggles when using fireworks
- Have a hose ready in case of fire
- Soak spent or “dud” fireworks in a bucket of water and discard in a metal trash can
- Make sure your pet has an identification tag
- Let children handle fireworks
- Light more than one firework at a time or relight a firework that did not go off the first time
- Carry fireworks in your pocket
- Make your own fireworks or alter purchased fireworks
- Shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers
- Bring your pets to a fireworks event or shoot fireworks near pets
South Carolina Fireworks Laws
Certain types of fireworks are illegal and anyone found manufacturing, storing, transporting or possessing impermissible fireworks may be subject to hefty fines of $200 to $10,000 and imprisonment for 30 days to two years. Also, one must be at least 16 years old to purchase fireworks in South Carolina.
- Ground salutes or cherry bombs
- T-N-T or bulldog salutes
The South Carolina Legislature cautions that this list is non-exhaustive and that any fireworks designed to produce a loud and piercing effect with a pyrotechnic composition of more than two grains is unlawful.
- Bottle rockets
- Aerial fireworks
Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Injured in Fireworks Accidents
If someone has handled fireworks improperly and you or a loved one was injured as a result, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. to discuss your legal options and possible recovery. Our firm is known for its experienced, dedicated and responsive lawyers who fight for the best possible outcome while keeping clients informed about the ongoing status of their cases. With offices in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Florence and Sumter, we proudly represent clients throughout South Carolina including in Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County and Kershaw County. Contact us online, or call us at 803-929-3600 or toll-free at 866-881-8623 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.