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September 22, 1934

Current Comment

JAMA. 1934;103(12):922-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750380042017

PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM  The Department of Health of New Haven, Conn., has instituted a campaign to prevent the sale of fireworks for the Fourth of July. On the cover of the July bulletin of the department 1 is a tabulation of Fourth of July accidents from fireworks for New Haven and Bridgeport for the last six years. In 1929 New Haven had fifty-one such accidents and Bridgeport seventy-four. The following year New Haven had 143 and Bridgeport 211. In that year Bridgeport adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks and New Haven rejected a similar ordinance. In the following four years New Haven had 152, 79, 83 and 104 accidents, while Bridgeport had 7, 6, 4 and 2. Such graphic representation is more than convincing of the desirability of similar ordinances to control elsewhere the unnecessary damage resulting from atavistic celebrations of the nation's independence.


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