SIMI VALLEY, California (July 5, 2013) – Some 28 spectators ages 8 to 78 were injured in a July 4 fireworks explosion Thursday night at a park in Simi Valley after the launching station toppled over during the show and set off a row of fireworks into the crowd, according to various news reports.
About 9:20 p.m., just a few minutes after the show started, fireworks began shooting sideways into crowds gathered to watch the show at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center and Park, police said.
Ventura County Fire Department emergency workers treated many of the victims including children at the scene for minor injuries, but at least four were hospitalized with more serious non-life threatening burn injuries and broken bones.
The Simi Valley Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) will likely conduct an investigation into the incident.
Roughly 10,000 people were at the park celebrating Independence Day. Initial reports indicate the fireworks display was held at the required 350 feet distance required by the fire code.
“Fireworks related injuries and deaths are not typically associated with public displays such as this one,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of The Thomas Law Firm. “People attending these types of events have faith that every precaution has be made to ensure their safety.”
Police will investigate why the wooden launching station fell over to determine liability. Those who were injured in the fireworks explosion may experience lasting scars, pain and may have medical costs associated with the injury. Some may lose time off work or even have permanent injuries as a result of this incident.
“Indeed, we are very fortunate that no one was killed in this mishap,” Thomas said. “Those who were injured, however, may be able to file a claim to recoup their financial losses against the city or event organizer who held this event.”
In fact, typical injuries from fireworks are burns to the hands, face and eyes. There are relatively few deaths resulting from firework explosions at all in the United States. Indeed, the bulk of the fatal accidents are the result of amateurs using illegal fireworks, according to the 2011 Fireworks Annual Report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The study analyzes fireworks-related deaths and injuries. The findings are gathered from sources including records from those treated at emergency rooms as well as law enforcement of illegal fireworks and news reports.
According to the CPSC report there were at least four fireworks-related deaths in 2011 and 9,600 injuries treated in emergency rooms across the United States. None of the deaths involved legal fireworks and all of the victims were male adults. In fact, 68 percent of all injuries from fireworks were to males and children under 15 years old accounted for 26 percent of the total.
Sparklers and bottle rockets accounted for an estimated 1,100 injuries treated at ERs. Also, roughly half of the patients treated for fireworks-related injuries at hospital ER units suffered some sort of burns to hands and fingers (46 percent); head, face and ears (17 percent); legs (11 percent). Injuries to eyes involved contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies and accounted for about 17 percent of the injuries.
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