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September 5, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(10):850-851. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540100050009

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Public opinion is gradually arraying itself against the present intolerable method of celebrating the Fourth of July, whereby so many people, mostly bright, active children, are condemned to an agonizing death by lockjaw or to be killed outright, and whereby thousands annually are rendered blind, lose legs, arms, or hands or are otherwise maimed for life. That public opinion will eventually force the lessening or prevent this annual carnage is evidenced by the fact that each year more cities are adopting ordinances to restrict the sale of fireworks. Several large cities have limited the sale and use of fireworks to two, three or four days preceding the Fourth, while some have rigidly limited the nuisance to one day. Two cities, Toledo and Baltimore, have practically prohibited all fireworks for the past two and three years respectively, with the result that the numbers of killed and injured are far less than

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