Thursday, July 2, 2015

5 Explosive Facts About Fireworks

This weekend is all about the fireworks! People will be gathering on the banks of the lake, in their boats, lawn chairs and inner tubes to watch the explosive celebration. To kick off the weekend, here are a few crazy facts about fireworks.

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What is the Biggest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in the U.S.?

This topic tends to set off "sparks" among the many different large shows, but with a little deduction the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in New York City is determined to be the largest. They draw over 2 million spectators, and feature over 40,000 shells with a broadcast in prime time on NBC.

Americans Lit About 175 million pounds Worth of Fireworks

Ironically, most of the fireworks purchased were from individuals! Only about 10 percent of that figure is for public shows. Everything else is done in backyards, streets, and lots. 90% of the fireworks sold worldwide come from China, which is fitting, since they invented them!

Fireworks Were Responsible for Over 17,000 Fires

In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires. If the conditions are right it only takes one spark to create a big disaster. Be sure to prepare for your fireworks appropriately by only setting them off on solid surfaces. Keep them away from homes, vehicles and people. Also be sure to ALWAYS keep water on hand or even a fire extinguisher if you have one!

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Firework Laws Are Becoming Less Confining

Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are the only states who have banned ALL consumer fireworks. Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Vermont only allow wire or wood stick sparklers and other novelty items. The rest of the 42 states (as of June 1, 2014) allow all or some types of consumer fireworks. This explains why there are more individual consumers purchasing than the large shows!

Almost 11,500 Americans Are Injured Each Year from Fireworks

In 2013 the National Fire Protection Association reported that 11,400 were injured from firework related injuries. Naturally these injuries are primarily children and teens. It's important to provide supervision to children when they are using these explosives. You should also keep a bucket of water handy for immediately extinguishing the flames.

While you're celebrating this weekend be sure to be safe and use caution with your explosives. Let us be apart of your weekend by coming down for a delicous glass of the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks! To keep on celebrating for the whole month we'll be celebrating Fourth of July with a fireworks display on July 18th. You can call 573.317.0100 for more information and reservations! We can't wait to celebrate Independence day at the best winery an the Lake of the Ozarks!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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