Lighting off fireworks is a big way communities celebrate holidays, including Memorial Day, July Fourth and New Year’s Eve, and also events such as county fairs. They can be joyous occasions, but the threats fireworks can pose are deadly serious for municipalities.
Consider that in 2016, an estimated 300 people were injured during public fireworks displays in the weeks surrounding July Fourth alone, 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 cities may face is difficult at best. Public entity risk managers don’t want to be the roadblock to having traditional community celebrations. All affected departments and services should work together with the risk manager to make sure steps are taken to help reduce the level of risk cities face when hosting pyrotechnic displays.