Feb 21, 2024

Top 10 Things Not to Do with Fireworks

Top 10 Things Not to Do with Fireworks

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for fireworks!

We hope you have a blast, but we also want to make sure you stay safe. So, if you plan to set the sky alight, here are 10 things you really shouldn’t do.



  • Launch fireworks off your head. It’ll end just how you’d expect… not well.
  • Hold a lit firework. As a general rule, holding things that are on fire is not a good idea. That’s especially the case with fireworks, where mistakes like these are so common.
  • Attempt to re-light a malfunctioning firework. Super Bowl Champion Jason Pierre-Paul of the Tampa Bay Bucs, then a New York Giant, infamously lost his finger attempting to re-light a malfunctioning firework. Fortunately, the NFL star has bounced back.
  • Pick fireworks up off the ground. Pick up litter, not fireworks! In DeLand, a man lost part of his hand trying to do the latter.


  • Light your house on fire. Front row tickets to a fireworks display sound nice… if you know what you’re doing. The reality was anything but for a Brooklyn man who set his home ablaze attempting a pyrotechnics display.
  • Discard fireworks before soaking them. Following a Fourth of July celebration, a DeKalb man forgot the basics: soak spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding them. His mistake landed him in some hot water when he nearly burned down his house.

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  • Mix booze and fireworks. It’s a bad cocktail. Take it from a man who was critically injured doing just that. Drinking lowers inhibition and can lead to tragic outcomes.
  • Stand too close! In Indiana, a man tragically passed away after a mortar shell exploded and he was struck with shrapnel. Make sure you are always a safe distance away from fireworks going off.

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If you do wind up in a jam this Fourth of July, Morgan & Morgan is here to help, so contact us for a free, no-risk case evaluation.

We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!