Fireworks are explosives and can cause serious injury when not handled properly.
June 30, 2022

Harborview Medical Center trauma specialists recently treated a patient who lost a hand to a fireworks injury. The hospital's Emergency Department is braced for the annual influx of those injuries, which number 40 to 50 per year.

In 2020, UW Medicine performed 42 finger amputations and two full-hand amputations because of fireworks injuries sustained around July 4.
July 2, 2021

Fireworks are set to fly once again this Independence Day weekend. Medical professionals hope their warnings will steer you clear of permanent injuries. Their July Fourth mantra is to celebrate safely.

Close up image of a sparkler
July 1, 2020

Given that public fireworks displays are canceled because of the pandemic, hand surgeons are worried that injuries stemming from privately purchased fireworks will increase this year.

Someone dangerously playing with firecrackers
June 28, 2019

While it may be tempting to handle fireworks on the Fourth of July, researchers and doctors say the injuries can be life-altering. Dr.

July 2, 2018

Michael Spencer lost several fingers and underwent 11 surgeries at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center from a fireworks explosion while he was in Montana last year.  He was holding a shell-and-mortar fireworks over his head when it suddenly expl

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