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July 4th in Baton Rouge: Fireworks Statistics You Should Know


July 4th—the day America lights up the sky in a dazzling display of patriotism. If you’re in Baton Rouge, you know this city doesn’t hold back. But, the unsettling statistics behind some of your family’s favorite fireworks might make you second guess stocking up at the fireworks stand.

The Significance of July 4th in Baton Rouge

The tradition of celebrating July 4th dates back to the American Revolution, and Baton Rouge has always been a part of this patriotic display. True to our Louisiana roots, Baton Rouge loves to celebrate the holiday in style. The Fourth of July is filled with community events like parades, festivals, creole cookoffs, and fireworks!

Popular Fireworks Displays in Baton Rouge

When it comes to fireworks, Baton Rouge doesn’t disappoint. Here are some of the most popular spots to catch a spectacular show:

  • Baton Rouge Levee Fireworks Show
    • This is the largest of all fireworks displays in the city. Held along the Mississippi River, the levee show attracts thousands with its stunning sparkle synchronized to patriotic music. It’s a must-see event!
  • L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Fireworks
    • Another hotspot for fireworks fans is L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. Their show is known for being one of the most impressive and is followed by several different performances from local bands and DJs.

Fireworks Statistics: A National Perspective

Did you know that Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks every year? It’s true! Fireworks sales peak in the days leading up to and following July 4th, as do the number of injuries. When not handled correctly, popping fireworks at home can lead to severe injuries, burns, house fires, and, unfortunately, death. Let’s look at the most dangerous kinds of fireworks for households.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions’ (CPSC) latest report, the number of fireworks-related injuries in the United States increases yearly.

Roughly 10,200 people were treated by emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, and 11 people died due to them. CPSC said these sometimes fatal incidents have increased by about 535 occurrences annually between 2007 and 2022.

The most common types of fireworks used were:

  • Devices that are reloadable, Roman candles, sparklers, and multiple tubes contributed to 1,500 injuries
  • Firecrackers contributed to 1,300 injuries
  • Rockets contributed to 400 injuries
  • Public displays contributed to 100 injuries

Additionally, approximately 43% of selected and tested fireworks in 2022 were found to contain illegal components, such as unlawful fuses and banned chemicals that could cause severe injuries.

Safety Measures for Fireworks

Fireworks are beautiful, but they can be extremely dangerous. Here’s how to enjoy them safely:

  • Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby
  • Never relight a dud
  • Keep a safe distance from lit fireworks
  • Do not let children handle fireworks without careful supervision

It is important to remember local laws and guidelines if you decide to pop fireworks at home.

It is illegal for residents of East Baton Rouge Parish to set off fireworks. If caught, you could face up to a $500 fine or even jail time.In West Baton Rouge Parish, fireworks are allowed in unincorporated areas of the parish. To stay up to date with fireworks laws, check with your local police department.

The 4th of July in Baton Rouge and across the country is a cherished tradition filled with excitement and community spirit. By understanding the statistics and taking the necessary precautions, you can make the most of this special holiday while keeping your loved ones safe.

Fireworks can lead to serious injuries and inadvertently start fires that can cause property damage or even injure more people. In fireworks accidents, liability depends on the facts of the incident. Some of the parties who may be responsible include:

  • The property owner where the accident took place
  • The fireworks manufacturer
  • The fireworks operator
  • Or a municipal

If you or a loved one have been injured from fireworks, you may need legal guidance to determine who is liable for the injury. Contact an attorney at Joubert Law Firm by calling (225) 761-3822 or filling out our secure online contact form to learn about your legal options. Our team will listen to your case and determine the best course of action to get you the compensation you deserve.