Patricia Holsinger of the Dayton area described to senators “the worst night of her life” this past summer, when one of those rockets came down on the house of her elderly parents, killing them both in the resulting fire.The executive director of Prevent Blindness Ohio, Sherry Williams, is already on record this time around, telling the DDN: “We know there is no safe way to use an unsafe product. Setting off explosives is a dangerous activity that serves no purpose. Fifty percent of the injuries (from fireworks) are to people who are minding their own business.”
A falling rocket also killed four-year-old Michael Shannon back in 1991, as Michael’s mother and sister explained to senators. It was a waste of their time. Senators were determined to give Phantom Fireworks what it wanted.
So determined that they pretended to believe the laughable lie from the bill’s backers that passage would make fireworks safer for children.
Dr. Gary Smith, director of the center for injury research and policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, seemed astonished that anyone would dare to make such a specious claim.
“It’s magical thinking, it's nonsense,” said Smith, who is also president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and a physician considered by many the nation’s leading expert on harm caused to children by fireworks. “When you increase access and exposure to a hazard, the number of victims never, ever goes down.”
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