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Bringing in the New Year with a BOOM in Florida can cause injury

New Year's Eve in Florida means a night of fun times with friends. It can mean heading out to a public firework display or going out to see a personal fireworks display. In both cases, safety is at the top of the must-do list.

Our readers in Florida might be familiar with the laws in the state regarding consumer fireworks. The law says that there are very few fireworks that can be used by someone who doesn't have a license. The approved consumer fireworks are limited to glow worms, smoke-only fireworks and sparklers. Fireworks that fly, lift off of the ground or explode are forbidden unless you have a permit.

According to Florida Statute 791, many fireworks aren't approved for the retail public. Despite that ban, it is sometimes possible for some people to get the forbidden fireworks. Those fireworks are considered unsafe for consumers. Some people might go as far as claiming they will use the explosives in mining or agricultural uses, which is legal if they are actually used in those manners.

If you are doing a home display of fireworks, make sure that you follow proper safety procedures. No child should be allowed to play with fireworks of any sort without proper supervision. A hose or bucket of water should be nearby in case of a fire.

Fireworks are very dangerous if they aren't used properly. Anyone who is injured at a fireworks display might opt to seek compensation. Whether the shooter is liable or the manufacturer is liable, presenting a strong case is the first step to getting the compensation the victim deserves.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Florida fireworks Q&A: What's legal — and not — for the Fourth" Joseph Freeman, Dec. 29, 2014

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