Setting off fireworks is a common way communities celebrate July 4th. But while such occasions can be thrilling, fireworks liability is deadly serious for municipalities.
Consider that in 2016, an estimated 7,600 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in a four-week period including July 4th, according to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
When local governments are responsible for overall planning and control of a public fireworks display, removing all liability faced by cities is difficult at best. Not to mention, public entity risk managers don’t want to be the roadblock preventing traditional community celebrations. All affected departments and services should work together with the risk manager to reduce the risk exposure cities face when hosting fireworks displays.