An incident that occurred during the switch-on of Salisbury’s festive lights display last year has led to uncertainty over whether fireworks will be allowed in the future. Firework safety fears came to the fore after a so-called ‘multi-shot’ firework did not work properly. It led to burning debris coming down over the gathered people who were there to watch the Christmas lights get switched on. As a result, 15 people were injured.
Fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Safety measures are just as important for professional pyrotechnic companies as they are for people at home. We have handled cases where people have been injured by fireworks, so here at Accident Advice Helpline we are aware of the potential dangers that exist.
The malfunction in Salisbury’s fireworks display led to several children suffering injuries. One suffered a burn on her cheek, while two others had debris going into their eyes.
Salisbury Council commissioned a report to be undertaken after the incident. An expert in this area, Dr Tom Smith, came in to assess the organiser of the display and discovered significant risks to the public. These risks would have been present even if the firework had not malfunctioned as it did. Our advisors have come across cases where organisers have failed to set out a safe distance for a display, putting spectators at potential risk as a result. Clearly, this can lead to an increased chance of injury occurring.
Minimising the risk
There is always a certain degree of uncertainty regarding fireworks. They cannot be tested in advance, as Councillor John Collier of Salisbury Council pointed out. He supports the continued use of fireworks, but clearly points to the need to minimise all risks associated with such a display.
If you have ever been hurt by a firework, you will understand how horrifying and painful it can be. Accident Advice Helpline have a team of expert advisors who can assess any situation where injuries have occurred in this manner. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and we also have a 30-second online test you can try for starters. Speaking to a member of our team regarding the odds of successfully winning a no win no fee* claim is the best course of action though, so do make sure that you make that call here to us today.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown