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Fireworks (Injuries)

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the figures of injuries caused by fireworks in 1984.

According to reports from hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland, 778 people required treatment for injuries caused by fireworks during a four-week period in October and November 1984. The figures for 1984 and the preceding four years are as follows:

Firework injuries in Great Britain (4-week period in October-November)
19841983198219811980
Total778833626681555
Place of accident
1. Family or private party231311189231168
2. Semi-public party (eg scouts, cricket club)6584535847
3. Large public display1081118810195
4. Casual incident in street etc.298257220229194
5. Other place5954614631
6. Indoors1716151620
Type of firework
1. Banger175184147167135
2. Rocket1151077110266
3. Roman candle, coloured fire etc.1031148410781
4. Home-made or extracted powder2115352619
5. Other proprietary fireworks7478826446
6. Sparklers6595404833
7. Unspecified type225240167167175
Severity of injury
1. Fatal injury*1
2. Detained more than one night5561332446
3. Sufficient to cause absence from work or equivalent161147676282
4. Minor injury506592489531403
5. Unspecified injury5533376424
Eye injuries (included in 2–5)295293241261261
Age group of injured persons
Over 20180215139132100
16–20109108738966
13–15208173149173151
Under 13281337265287238
* A man of 21 died as a result of attempting to make a firework at home.