Fireworks Regulations & Safety

Be Safe

Fireworks are fun but dangerous. To assist in proving that point, we have gathered necessary statistics of both property and bodily damages from previous years.

Facts & Figures

  • In 2005, fireworks caused an estimated 1,800 total structure fires and 700 vehicle fires reported to fire departments. These 2,500 fires resulted in an estimated 60 civilian injuries and $39 million in direct property damage. There were no reported civilian deaths.
  • In 2006, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,200 people for fireworks related injuries. 49% of the injuries were to the extremities and 46% were to the head. 55% of the 2006 fireworks injuries were burns, while 30% were contusions and lacerations.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was two and a half times as high for children ages 10-14 as for the rest of the general population.
  • Between 2001-2005, an estimated 1 person per year was killed in reported fires started by fireworks, while 6 people per year were killed directly by fireworks.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
  • Five states ban the use of fireworks by consumers (DE, MA, NJ, NY, and RI). The other 45 states and the District of Columbia permit some or all consumer fireworks.


  • The American Pyrotechnics Association has compiled a helpful map and directory of state-by-state fireworks control laws.
    • Source: NFPA's Fireworks, by John R. Hall, Jr., May 2008
  • Download a report on fireworks (PDF), including tables, figures, fact sheets, safety tips / resources, and other data.

Model Fireworks Law

For more than half a century, NFPA has led the charge to protect the public from injuries and fires resulting from indiscriminate use of fireworks. The International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) offers a model fireworks law (PDF) which reflects NFPA's zero-tolerance policy on amateur use of fireworks.

Fire Investigation Reports

Topic (Click to view or download)CityDate
Firework manufacturingJaffrey, NHAugust 14, 1988
ExplosionJennings, OKJune 25, 1985

NFPA Journal® Articles on Fireworks

Article Name (Click to view or download)DescriptionDate
Support for NFPA's Fireworks Ban GrowsThe Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks aims to prevent injury and fire.May / June 2005
A Long Road BackA story about fireworks in untrained hands.September / October 2004
Safe 'crackersThe sale of legal consumer fireworks prompts NFPA to develop a standard protecting retail consumer fireworks facilities.May / June 2001