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Pennsylvania fireworks lead to injuries

The summertime brings all sorts of fun activities to Pennsylvania. People are out and about enjoying all sorts of outdoor activities. Many of these activities take people away from homes to friends and families property for parties, picnics and other festivities. Sometimes at these gatherings, a dangerous property condition can cause people to get hurt.

Recently, three Pennsylvania residents were hurt at a fireworks show on the Fourth of July. The incident occurred in a school district's high school football field. People were gathered to watch a fireworks show in bleachers. Seven minutes into the show, something went wrong and a shell exploded in the midst of the crowd.

As a result of the incident a woman and two children were hurt. The woman suffered from burns and a head wound. The children each suffered from puncture wounds because of the incident. Each of the victims was treated by paramedics; however, their long-term prognosis is unknown.

At this point, it is not clear who was producing or sponsoring the fireworks show. However, a comprehensive investigation into the incident should be conducted to determine if someone's negligent behavior caused this terrible accident to occur.

When people are invited on to another's property, such as the fireworks spectators, the property owner has a duty to keep them safe from dangerous property conditions. If negligent property owners fail to maintain their property or to ensure that their visitors are safe, injuries can easily occur.

When people are hurt because of a property owners' negligence, premises liability laws allow for compensation. This compensation can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Those injured this summer on someone else's property should make sure they understand their legal rights to this compensation.

Source: WETM, "Three Injured in PA Fireworks Show Accident," Ben Amey, July 5, 2013

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