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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / News

Make Fireworks Fun, Not Fatal

Titusville Fire Chief Rick Talbert cautions citizens about the danger of using fireworks, especially those that are illegal in the state of Florida. 


Independence Day, July 4, is a day of celebration: picnics, barbecues, family reunions and, of course, fireworks.  "And Fourth of July should continue to be about fun, not fatalities", cautioned Chief Talbert.  "Many of our citizens are not aware that in the past year Titusville joined with other jurisidictions within our county to ban the use or display of fireworks unless a permit for such display has been duly issued.  Basically, fireworks that explode or fly into the air are not approved for consumer use.  In addition, to be considered 'legal', even sparklers must meet the specific guidelines and regulations accepted by the State of Florida Fire Marshal's office".  He urged families to attend sponsored fireworks events that are displayed by trained pyrotechnicians, "Titusville residents can remain safe, but still enjoy a fireworks display at our local fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4 at Sandpoint Park, beginning at 9 p.m.".  

Firefighters understand all too well the danger from fireworks and the injuries that can result.  Charlie Dickinson, Acting U.S. Fire Administrator explains, "It's a dangerous time for unnecessary fires and serious burns and injuries.  Parents and caregivers play a critical role in keeping children safe.  Fireworks should be used with extreme caution.  Sparklers and firecrackers may seem relatively safe, but those types of fireworks are especially harmful to children.  And younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks at all."

For all their noise and excitement, fireworks account for a large number of fires and injuries that are preventable.  The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control report that approximately 10,000 persons are treated in emergency departments annually for fireworks-related injuries.  About 45% of persons injuried are children ages 14 years and younger, with children ages 5 to 9 having the highest injury rate.  Fireworks-related injuries most frequently involve hands and fingers (26%), eyes (21%), and the head and face (18%).  More than half of the injuries are burns (63%); contusions and lacerations were the second most frequent injuries (18%). 

Fireworks can also cause life-threatening residential fires.  In 2003, the latest year for which national fireworks-related fire statistics are available, fire departments responded to an estimated 2,300 structure and vehicle fires started by fireworks.

Fire Chief Talbert reiterated, "The only safe way to enjoy fireworks is at a distance.  Leave the danger and the worry to professionals and enjoy your Independence Day celebration knowing that you and your family are safe and injury-free."

 FIREWORKS: What's legal?

Specifically permitted: Devices approved and listed by State Fire Marshal which emit a shower of sparks upon burning, do not contain any explosive compounds, do not detonate or explode, are hand-held or ground based, cannot propel themselves through the air, and that contain not more than 100 grams of the chemical compound that produces sparks upon burning.  Any device that is not included in the list of approved items is prohibited, except that snakes, small smoke devices, trick noisemakers and certain other novelties may be sold at all other times.

Specifically prohibited: Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, and any fireworks containing explosive or flammable compounds.

NOTE:  Legal and safe are not the same thing.  Legal sparklers, considered by many as "safe," burn at very high temperatures, can easily ignite clothing and stay hot long after burning out.  They are as dangerous as matches or lighters to children. 

More information on fireworks safety, sparklers and other fireworks regulations can be accessed at:

State Fire Marshal's website: 

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:

National Fire Protection Association:

United States Fire Administration: 

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