Don’t Risk Fireworks Injury; Watch Local Shows Instead

Fire different public fireworks displays are planned for July 4 within 20 miles of the borough.

POTTSTOWN PA – The typical Fourth of July holiday, despite its celebration of independence and freedom, also represents a day of high anxiety for firefighters locally and across the country, the National Fire Protection Association said Wednesday (June 26, 2013).

Don't Risk Fireworks Injury; Watch Local Shows InsteadMore fires are accidentally ignited on Independence Day than on any other day of the year, according to the association, which annually tracks the dangers that accompany and the damage caused by consumer fireworks. During the 2011 holiday alone, it added, more than 17,800 reported fires nationwide were started by fireworks, and 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

“Using consumer fireworks is simply not worth the risk,” association President James Shannon said. As an alternative, he noted, “we encourage families to enjoy public displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.”

Although no fireworks will be held in Pottstown this year, public shows are planned elsewhere at:

  • Waltz Golf Farm, 303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA, on July 4 (2013; Thursday), beginning at 9:30 p.m.;
  • Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Dr., Eagleville PA, July 4, at dusk;
  • Palmer Park, 4048 Creamery Rd., Skippack PA, July 4, at dusk;
  • Elmwood Park, Harding Blvd., Norristown PA, July 4, at dusk; and
  • Kerr Park, 1 Park Ln., Downingtown PA, July 4, at dusk.

An association report showed that risks of fireworks injury were highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44, with 26 percent of 2011’s victims under age 15. Children have the highest relative risk of injury; there are no adult age groups with comparable risk.
A report Wednesday from the National Fire Protection Association shows more accidental fires are ignited on July 4 than any other day of the year. The cause: consumer fireworks. An alternative: public shows in Limerick, Eagleville, Skippack, Norristown and Downingtown.