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Northern Ireland 2013 - Firework Injuries

Latest Position (2013)

During the 2013 Halloween period, 6 persons reported to an emergency care department as result of a firework related injury (Table 1 & Figure 1).

Annual Trend

Between 1996 and 2013, the number of persons injured from fireworks and presenting at emergency care departments in Northern Ireland decreased significantly from 202 to 6. Following the introduction of the new legislation in 2002, the number of persons injured reduced from 136 in 2001 to 38 in 2002, but increased to 97 in 2007. However, since 2007, the number injured from fireworks decreased by 93.8% (91), from 97 to 6 in 2013 (Table & Figure 1).

When compared with the Halloween period in 2012, the number of persons injured has reduced by more than half from 14 to 6 in 2013, the lowest number since records began in 1996 (Table 1 & Figure 1).

Table 1: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, Northern Ireland (1996 – 2011)

Year Number of Firework Injuries
1996 202
1997 92
1998 101
1999 139
2000 100
2001 136
2002 38
2003 45
2004 55
Year Number of Firework Injuries
2005 86
2006 69
2007 97
2008 32
2009 30
2010 47
2011 25
2012 14
2013 6

Figure 1: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, Northern Ireland (1996 – 2013)

Figure 1: Number of Persons Injured by Fireworks during the Halloween Period, Northern Ireland (1996 – 2011)

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