Fireworks Mishap Tragically Kills One in Lyons, Georgia (GA)
LYONS, GA- Wtoc.com writes that a man died this week in an incident that was caused by fireworks. The victim was found on his property early in the morning by a person walking in the neighborhood.*
The man was lying in his front yard, and when police arrived, the victim was dead. The name of the man has not been released as the authorities are still working to notify his next of kin. Reports indicate that the victim had been using fireworks with his daughter, and the remainder of the fireworks were near him when his body was discovered. It is not clear what type of fireworks were involved, but the officer stated that they were not firecrackers or sparklers. According to officers, some fireworks are legal in the state of Georgia. However, those who choose to use fireworks should do so carefully as they can be dangerous.Police noticed an uptick in people trying to set off their own fireworks this year because so many events have been canceled.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), at a minimum, twelve people were killed while using fireworks in 2019. The number is likely not the total for the year, though, and is reported as a minimum. Seven of the deaths were categorized as a misuse of fireworks, two were caused by malfunctions, and in three cases, the cause is not known. In addition to deaths, 10,000 people received treatment in emergency rooms throughout the country for injuries that were caused by fireworks.
Many firework-related injuries and deaths could easily have been prevented if people were more cautious. It is important to never allow children to set off fireworks, never to throw them at anyone, not to pick up one that has previously been lit, and never to put them in a pocket to transport them.
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