At least 133 people were injured by fireworks in Kansas last week. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the injuries, varying in severity, were reported by emergency rooms throughout the state.
KDHE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg Lakin says “These mostly preventable injuries show how greater care needs to be taken when handling fireworks. The fun that we can have with fireworks should not outweigh the safety precautions that must be observed to avoid injuries.”
Most of the injuries were to children between the ages of 5 and 17, followed by 18 to 44-year-olds. More than 63 percent of the fireworks injuries were to males.