The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday, is meant to be a fun and safe holiday. County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder would like to remind the residents of Nassau County that fireworks awareness and prevention are important issues to discuss with your family. It is important to mention that all fireworks are illegal in Nassau County. The possession, use or sale of fireworks, including sparklers, is a violation of New York State Penal Law, and may be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony. Parents should talk with their children about the destructive outcomes that can occur from playing with fireworks.
The Fourth of July fireworks, although popular, can be extremely harmful. Fireworks statistics show that:
- In 2017, eight people died using fireworks, and an estimated 12,900 people were taken to the hospital with fireworks-related injuries. About 67 percent of those injuries occurred in the 30 days before and after July Fourth celebrations, which should come as a reminder to everyone who handles fireworks of the extreme dangers.
- Teenagers ages 15-19 had the highest rate of injuries, followed by children ages 5 to 9 years of age.
- The majority of injuries occur to the hands and fingers followed by the head, face and ears.
There are many licensed professionals that perform fireworks presentations for the public. Attending a fireworks display is a fun and safe way to enjoy the holiday. County Executive Curran and Police Commissioner Ryder would like to wish the residents of Nassau County a happy and safe July Fourth holiday.