Counting fireworks injuries a struggle in Georgia, elsewhere
ATLANTA (AP) – Most fireworks became legal in Georgia in 2015 but state officials can’t say whether the number of injuries has changed – echoing a nationwide pattern in which experts believe fireworks injuries go underreported.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission reported at least 11 deaths from fireworks in 2015 and 11,900 injuries requiring treatment, saying data is obtained voluntarily from coroners and hospitals in states including Georgia.
Georgia’s state fire marshal, though, said his agency hasn’t received reports from hospitals and other sources for years – despite a state law requiring certain types of burns be reported.
Georgia legalized sales of bottle rockets, firecrackers and other consumer fireworks despite opponents’ arguments that would lead to more severe injuries.
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