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November 29, 1941

HAZARDS OF FIREWORKS ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

Author Affiliations

Boston. General Manager, National Fire Protection Association.

JAMA. 1941;117(22):1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820480077031

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The American Medical Association has the gratitude of all who are laboring for adequate legislative control of fireworks. Your contribution in the form of the "Annual Survey of Fourth of July Accidents" is perhaps the most helpful and influential aid we have in bringing about the adoption of adequate state fireworks laws throughout the country.The survey does have, however, one important limitation which actually tends to make more difficult the efforts to extend fireworks laws in a large section of the country. This is simply that the survey covers only the period shortly before and after Independence Day, while, in the South, fireworks are used much more extensively in the celebration of Christmas and New Year's Day. The result is that any accounting of fireworks accidents resulting from Independence Day celebrations only places the Southern states in a very favorable position as compared to their northern

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