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