Many are buying fireworks this year due to COVID-19 cancellations

Many communities have announced their July Fourth celebrations and fireworks displays will be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, and health experts worry this could lead to more people getting injured as they attempt to make their own fireworks displays. A survey by Orlando Health found that more than 40 percent of Americans said they plan to buy fireworks this year, including 16 percent who say their purchases are a direct result of COVID-19 cancellations. Orthopedic surgery resident, Dr. Elizabeth Gibson says, “You have more inherent risk of people getting bigger and better fireworks than they usually acquire for themselves because there’s not going to be large aerial shows. They may try to take it upon themselves to have the best fireworks show in the neighborhood or the best fireworks show that their family has ever put on and a lot of people don’t realize just how dangerous fireworks are until they sustain a life-changing injury.” 


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