The intense footage shows the dangers of recreational explosives, with the Champaign Fire Dept. pointing to a likely firework accident.
As fun as fireworks can be on holidays, they can also pose severe threats. We don’t need to tell our fellow Outsiders this, but countless stories exist of fires – and even enormous explosions – happening on account of firework accidents. Tales of bodily injury – or even death – are also as common.
In light of this, the Champaign Fire Dept. in Illinois took to Twitter for the 4th of July weekend with startling footage.
“Video from a fire at 3901 Tallgrass Dr this afternoon,” officials begin the tweet. “The cause of this fire is undetermined as investigators remain on scene. However, there is a high probability that the cause is fireworks.”
The city’s fire department is also quick to note that “#Fireworks with a wick or shoots in the air [are] illegal to use” in Champaign city.
“Be sure you are using legal fireworks,” cites the city’s official website. “In general, any fireworks that have to be lit by a wick and/or shoot into the air are illegal in the City of Champaign.”
The city also states that there is a “minimum $205 fine for the use of illegal fireworks.”
For those using legal fireworks, Champaign city asks that residents “use all fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from homes, buildings and vehicles. Never light fireworks indoors or near leaves, dry grass and flammable substances.”
July 4th Firework Accidents See Rise in House Fires, Injuries Yearly
Some see such laws as an infringement on civil liberties and rights. Yet these laws sit on a foundation of hard data, and the numbers can be startling:
“According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)… There were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). The CPSC staff has reports of 121 fireworks-related deaths between 2003 and 2018,” cites the Champaign City government website.
In short, fireworks kill more people in the United States in a single year than sharks do around the entire planet – by a long shot.
Thankfully, however, Champaign city officials provided an update on the situation, which states:
“The Champaign Fire Department responded to a fire at a home at 3901 Tallgrass Dr., Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 5:51 p.m. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire in this single-family home.”
The report does not cite any injuries or casualties other than property in the probable firework accident. To this end, Champaign city also tells their citizens that “the best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”