Americans are serious about their holiday traditions. Halloween would lose all of its charm without scary movies and costumed children; Christmas isn't Christmas without carols and noble firs; and no Fourth of July would be complete without American flags and fireworks.
Many around the country think of those red, white and blue pops! in the sky as booming expressions of liberty and pride—celebratory symbols that can be shared with fellow patriots who are miles away. While fireworks are a beautiful custom, one wrong move with them might blow up in your face (literally).
Data visualization site FindTheHome decided to look deeper into this treasured Independence Day tradition, analyzing where fireworks are legal around the country, the number of fireworks-related injuries people have suffered over time, and whether women or men are most likely to get hurt.
Most states have legalized fireworks overall, but the laws vary by county. Needless to say, if you're looking to set off your own awe-inspiring pyrotechnics, New Jersey might not be the place to go.
Once in a while, something in a fireworks show goes wrong—you're playing with actual fire, after all. Estimated fireworks injuries saw a peak in 2013, but decreased the following year from 11,400 to 10,500. Thankfully, only 3.3 people per 100K were injured last year. And which gender typically gets in the line of fire? See the chart below:
Looks like most women have figured out when to duck.
Some people tend to forget that fireworks are explosions of fiery chemicals, not just pretty, delicate lights in the sky. It shouldn't be very surprising, then, to see that burns are the most common firework injury type.