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February 24, 2013

Bnei Brak: Child Injured from Purim Fireworks

Purim GroggerPurim began in Bnei Brak on motzei Shabbos accompanied with fireworks as has become the minhag [custom] among the young in Eretz Yisrael. Despite increased warnings from rabbonim, the fireworks are still used and in this case, a child sustained an eye injury on Chazon Ish Street.

 

Bnei Brak: Child Injured from Purim Fireworks
Yeshiva World

Purim began in Bnei Brak on motzei Shabbos accompanied with fireworks as has become the minhag [custom] among the young in Eretz Yisrael. Despite increased warnings from rabbonim, the fireworks are still used and in this case, a child sustained an eye injury on Chazon Ish Street.

Ichud Hatzalah responders treated the child and the scene and he was then transported to a local hospital. The condition of the child is not known at this time.

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So now it's a 'minhag'?

I assume that next they will claim this comes from God at Mt. SInai, and cannot be changed.

I hope the kid is ok, and this stupid and dangerous practice is stopped.

Fireworks
NFPA Safety Tips

Fireworks fire safety tips:
Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks. Read all of NFPA's fireworks safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations, coordinated by NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

Facts

In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.
In 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 57% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 37% were to the head.
The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2012

Self-immolation seems valid if they won't let you near girls.

Oh please! Ever heard about 4th of July injuries?

I was a kid in the States...the 1960-70's, most injuries were uncommon(at least in the part of the country I lived in). There, parents supervised everything. Perhaps it was a more responible time and people(dare I way)were more intelligent, caring, and responsible. Now, I hear of many stories of firework injuries,etc in the states and I am begining to wonder about people in general. Where I live in Immanuel, Israel, fireworks, fire, etc are rampant and inspite of what the cops say,the so called local govt, and many others...it is still done. It seems that their parents do not care, nor do they supervise. Purim and other chagim it is like a warzone. I, too, hear that it is minhag...but no one knows how it came about. Minhags not based on Jewish Law are nonsense.

Berel - sorry, but your warnings from U.S. authorities aren't valid in the State of Israel, where Hashem protects all those who pray properly according to the Ultra-orthodox rabbis du jour.

Fireworks on purim and throwing aerosol cans into bonfires erev pesach. Some never learn. Or don't have proper guidance. Sad, sad, sad.

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