In the weeks leading up to July 4, you can find fireworks for sale at any number of stands located throughout Fairfax County. According to an article in the Herndon Patch, although most types of consumer fireworks are banned in Fairfax County, some types are available for sale to the public. Some other local jurisdictions have banned the sale of consumer fireworks altogether.
Every year, lots of people are injured — some very seriously — from use of consumer fireworks. Statistics show that fireworks-related injuries are highest for kids between the ages of 10 and 14.
So the question is why sell them to the average “joe” here in Fairfax County? Does the average county resident have the training necessary to properly use fireworks? Does he or she know and use proper judgement in terms of how far fireworks should be kept from the people watching them? What if a group of kids or teens sets off fireworks in a neighborhood, without adult supervision? Is that safe?
Although Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was born on the 4th of July and enjoys a good fireworks display as much as anyone else, he has seen the devastation that can be caused when consumer fireworks are set off in neighborhoods or other close-in areas. Professional firework shows are one thing, but consumer fireworks are also powerful explosives and can cause mayhem when they are in the hands of young children or inexperienced adults.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to no fault of your own and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).