Washington, D.C. Fireworks Injury Lawyer | District of Columbia Fireworks Accident Lawsuit

Firecrackers, Fireworks, Sparklers, and Rockets Injury Claims

Fireworks are set off by residents throughout Washington, D.C. during Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and other celebrations. Unfortunately, fireworks displays have caused serious injuries and devastating burns to area residents. Most fireworks injuries occur between June 18 and July 18. Sadly, children younger than 14 account for approximately 45% of fireworks-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At The Cochran Firm, D.C., we provide legal representation for Washington, D.C. residents who have been seriously injured by fireworks. Claims may arise from residents standing in designated safe zones at fireworks displays who are injured by fireworks or from those injured by fireworks leftover from a large fireworks display.

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What are common injuries caused by firecrackers, sparklers, roman candles, bottle rockets, and other consumer fireworks?

Common fireworks injuries include burns, contusions, and lacerations. Males account for almost three-quarters of fireworks injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The risk of fireworks injury was also highest between the ages of 15 and 24 and for children younger than 10. In 2012, sparklers, fountains, and novelties were responsible for 25% of emergency room visits related to fireworks injuries nationwide.

What are the fireworks laws in Washington, D.C.?

There are a variety of laws regarding fireworks in Washington, D.C., including fees fireworks stores must pay in order to sell fireworks to the general public and license fees for putting on fireworks displays of a certain size. In D.C., it is illegal to manufacture fireworks. Display fireworks must be approved and require a license.

The following types of consumer fireworks are allowed in Washington, D.C.:

  • Torches
  • Sparklers less than 20 inches in length
  • Cones
  • Fountains
  • Box fire
  • Paper novelty items
  • Non-poisonous snakes
  • Colored lights
  • Other fireworks specifically approved by the D.C. Fire and EMS Department

The following types of fireworks are illegal in the District of Columbia:

  • Firecrackers
  • Fireworks that explode like cherry bombs, salutes, roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells
  • Fireworks with side fuses
  • Sparklers more than 20 inches in length
  • Fireworks containing mercury, arsenic tetryl, phosphorous, sulphocyanide, mercury, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate compounds, gunpowder, sulphur, chlorate or potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent
  • Fireworks that move after being lit, including bottle rockets, parachutes, buzzbombs, pinwheels, helicopters, and jumping jacks

Contact a Washington, D.C. Fireworks Injury Lawyer

The Cochran Firm, D.C. provides legal representation to Washington, D.C. residents who have been seriously injured by fireworks. Please contact our team of legal professionals at 202-682-5800 in order to receive a free case evaluation. All initial inquiries carry no obligation and are completely confidential.

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