On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and typically hold outdoor events with firework displays. Pyrotechnicians and volunteers from local fire departments work across the country to produce these spectacular festivities each year. Firework shows are strongly coupled with the Fourth of July, and it would be difficult to imagine the holiday without them. In fact, emergency room (ER) visits due to firework-related injuries peak on July Fourth, as many consumers attempt to have some fun of their own. We took a look at CPSC-NEISS injury and US trade census data to gather insight on who uses the most fireworks in the US.
- There are an estimated 3,000 ER visits due to firework-related injuries every Fourth of July. The majority 17.1% of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years
- Missouri comes out as the top state for consumption, with a firework import value of $6.94 per capita.
- The U.S. imports 40 times more value in fireworks than it exports in fireworks value from China alone.
Consumer Fireworks Injuries Near July Fourth
We looked at data from 1998 through 2017 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (CPSC-NEISS) and analyzed subset summertime fireworks injuries. The bar chart above shows the estimated annual ER visits due to firework-related injuries for the days leading up to and following the holiday. We found that roughly 24.3% of all annual firework-related injuries occur on July Fourth and that, on average, injuries increase by 325% on July 4 compared to July 3. A total 57% of ER visits due to firework-related injuries on July Fourth are from consumers ages 1 to 20 years. The majority 17.1% of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years. Interestingly, there's a high number of injuries on July 5 as well, after the recognized holiday is over. However, injuries fall sharply afterward. If you are planning to use fireworks this July, make sure you follow the CPSC's important safety guidelines.
Which States Spend the Most on Fireworks?
The heat map above shows which states imported the most value in fireworks last year. From all state imports data, including Washington D.C., we found that the United States imported about $279,966,624 worth of fireworks last year in total. We then took individual state populations into account to determine imports per capita values for further insights. For imports per capita, Missouri comes out on top with a value of $6.94 per capita, or in other words, $694,000 per 100,000 state residents. Nebraska and Kansas follow for second and third place with import values of $5.86 and $4.21 per capita, respectively. A complete list of all state rankings by imports per capita can be found at the end of the article. After looking at imports, we then took a look at the countries providing the most fireworks value to the U.S.
Where Do Americans Really Get Their Fireworks From?
The United States imports most of its fireworks from China, which accounted for nearly 96% of all fireworks imports last year. In other words, the U.S. imports 40 times more fireworks value than it exports from China alone. The next highest import values come from Spain, followed by Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
Which States are Exporting the Most Fireworks?
The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 firework displays take place every Fourth of July in the U.S., but where are the most fireworks coming from? We looked at U.S. Census data on 2017 firework imports and exports by state. The U.S. only exported $6,759,664 worth of fireworks in 2017. Tennessee took the top spot, accounting for 62.2% of the total with a firework export value of $0.63 per capita. North Dakota and Montana were the next two highest, with export values of $0.57 and $0.42 per capita, respectively.
We looked at data from 1998 through 2017 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (CPSC-NEISS) and analyzed summer fireworks injuries to show injury trends surrounding the Fourth of July. Reported ER visits were averaged from 1998 through 2017 from the CPSC-NEISS data in order to calculate sampled ER visits per summer. A fractional weight, total hospitals divided by sampled hospitals, was used as a multiplier to estimate total ER visit values. Firework imports and exports data were pulled from the U.S. trade census using HTS code 3604.10. U.S. population values were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 population estimates in order to calculate per capita dollar amounts.
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