An assistant stage manager for an outdoor historical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park was killed in a fireworks-related accident. The woman was 21 years old.
She was checking inventory in a storage shed before the show when two magazines that contained fireworks exploded, killing her. The explosion started a small grass fire adjacent to the building, but it was quickly extinguished. Firefighters dealt with hot spots throughout the night at the park. After the explosion, debris was scattered up to 200 yards away.
Injuries and accidents involving fireworks peak during the summer, with a huge spike over Independence Day. Approximately 10,000 people are injured by fireworks over the July 4th holiday. Many of those injuries are minor, but some can be very serious or even deadly. Many of those who are injured are children.
If you enjoy fireworks, there are some steps you can take to greatly decrease the odds of an accident. You should never use professional-grade fireworks unless you are an expert. Never allow children or teens to handle fireworks, except for sparklers, and even the use of sparklers should be very carefully monitored. Light fireworks individually and very far away from the face and body.
In some instances, those who are injured by fireworks can seek compensation. If it can be proven that any fireworks injuries are the result of negligence, you may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit our Google Plus page.