Injuries/Death On average, nationwide, close to 200 per day suffer fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Approximately 39% of all fireworks-related injuries happen to children between the ages of 0-14.
Improper Storage of Fireworks/Explosives Storage of illegal fireworks can also be dangerous. If not properly stored, they can explode, causing property damage, injury and death.
Misuse Fireworks can be disassembled to access their explosive powder, which could be used to make other explosive devices.
Fire Hazards Drought conditions in the Inland Empire increase fire risks associated with illegal fireworks, threatening lives and property and potentially triggering wildfires.
PTSD Triggers The unexpected explosion of fireworks can trigger a startle response in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.
Harm to Pets The sight and sound of fireworks scares pets, causing many to run away in fear and confusion. Even those who don’t run away experience severe anxiety.
Costly Fines The City of Jurupa Valley Municipal Code states: if anyone is caught using, storing, selling, distributing or possessing any type of fireworks or explosive, they are subject to fines.