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Deadly Black Lung Disease Returns to Threaten Illinois and Indiana Coal Miners

January 29th, 2015 by admin

No one has to get black lung disease, also known as “miner’s asthma” or pneumoconiosis.  The truth is Black Lung Disease is a terrible, painful, serious and deadly disease that is totally preventable.  And it’s back, in a big way.

Black Lung Disease is a workers’ disease, an occupational hazard, for those men and women who work in America’s coal mines. In the Coal Mine Act, federal law recognized “black lung” as the tell-tale symptom of this occupational disease, and it has been commonly known as Black Lung Disease for decades.

There have been steadfast gains in wiping out Black Lung Disease. In 1969, Congress ordered that Black Lung Disease be targeted and ended as a danger and work hazard in United States Coal Mines. (See, Title IV of the Coal Mine Act.)  State and national efforts have worked to meet this goal, although it is reported that around 1500 people  still continued to die each year from the disease, caused by breathing in coal dust while working in the coal mines over the years.

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Indiana Coal Miners and Illinois Coal Mines: Growing Danger of Black Lung Disease

When most people think of American coal mines, they likely think of the Appalachian states’ miners made famous by songs like Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” or Elmore Leonard’s hit TV series “Justified”. However, southern Indiana and most of the state of Illinois also have their share of coal mines and workers in the Indiana and Illinois coal mines are at risk of Black Lung Disease just as their fellow coal miners are in Kentucky, and West Virginia.

In fact, 90% of United States underground coal reserves are found in 10 states, with Illinois being number two (78 tons) and Indiana coming in at number 10 (10 tons). Montana has the most coal reserves (120 tons) and the remaining 40 states combined have a total of 51 tons (or 10% of total U.S. coal reserves).

Black Lung Disease Has Returned to Threaten US Coal Miners

Despite decades of work at eradicating Black Lung Disease, recent reports from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are that Black Lung Disease is returning with diagnoses reaching the highest number in 40 plus years. Specifically, “progressive massive fibrosis” (PMF) is on the rampage amidst our American coal mining workers. PMF is one form of Black Lung Disease, and it is one of its more horrific and deadly versions.

The NIOSH research was done in three states, testing their coal miners for symptoms of Black Lung Disease. It did not include testing of coal miners in Indiana or Illinois. However, coal miners are just as endangered here as they are in the coal mines of neighboring states.

Doctors studying this issue are reporting that today, not only is Black Lung Disease returning in a big way, it has evolved into deadlier versions. Another scary fact: now, it is young coal miners that are coming down with Black Lung Disease, much more than their older co-workers.

This TOTALLY PREVENTABLE OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE may well be infecting and slowly killing Indiana coal miners and workers in Illinois coal mines right now.

Coal Mine Owners and Operators: Why Has Black Lung Disease Returned???

Coal miners should get themselves tested for Black Lung Disease and start treatment as soon as possible to fight against this terrible and horrific illness. Meanwhile, there is a big question to be asked of owners and operators of U.S. Coal Mines: why is this disease returning now? Have costs been cut yet again by companies to maximize profits while putting workers at risk of injury or death?

Is this yet another example of profits over people? There are laws against that, of course. This is one of the core reasons that personal injury laws and wrongful death statutes exist.

Bicycle Accidents in Indiana Target of New Proposed Laws

January 27th, 2015 by admin

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 726 cyclists died and another 49,000 were seriously injured in accidents where the cyclist was hit in a motor vehicle traffic accident in 2012.   While not a huge number statistically, the fact that most bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles cause serious injury to those riding the cycle mean that these accidents are serious dangers and of particular concern, given that children and young adults (like college students) are often those who are sharing roads with cars and trucks while riding their bikes.

It’s a situation worthy of legislative concern.  In fact, there are two new laws being proposed by Indiana lawmakers this year that are targeting the dangers to people riding bicycles of serious injury and death in bicycle traffic accidents. Both would work to increase criminal laws for drivers who share the roads with bicyclists.

 

 

New Indiana Laws to Fight Against Serious Traffic – Bicycle Accidents

Each proposal would make it a Class C misdemeanor for a driver of a car, truck, SUV, minivan, or other motor vehicle to overtake a bicycle rider or bicyclist without keeping a minimum of THREE FEET between their vehicle and the bicycle when overtaking the bike and not waiting to return to their original lane until they were a safe distance from the bicycle.

What does this mean? If someone is convicted of a Class C misdemeanor in Indiana, they can be jailed for two months and fined $500.00. This is not law, yet — but it’s a good step toward helping keep people riding bikes safe on Indiana roads.

To track these new proposed bike safety laws:

Senate Bill 36

Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2-14; IC 9-21-8-5.

Synopsis:

Vehicle clearance when overtaking a bicycle. Provides that it is a Class C infraction for a person driving a vehicle overtaking a bicycle to not allow at least three feet of clearance between the vehicle and the bicycle and not return to the original lane until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicycle.

Effective: July 1, 2015.

House Bill 1233

Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2-14; IC 9-21-8-5.

Synopsis:

Vehicle clearance when overtaking bicycle. Provides that it is a Class C infraction for the operator of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle to not: (1) allow at least three feet of clearance between the vehicle and the bicycle; and (2) return to the original lane until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicycle. Revises the definition of “bicycle” for purposes of the motor vehicle code.

Effective: July 1, 2015

Oil Train Crashes in Indiana and Illinois: Growing Oil Train Explosion Dangers

January 22nd, 2015 by admin

Our part of the country is criss-crossed by railroad tracks and it’s rare to be able to drive across any section of Indiana or Illinois and not cross a railroad crossing or drive alongside the path of train tracks. It’s part of our environment and railroad transportation is a part of our heritage.

Most train accidents here deal with things like railroad workers being hurt on the job; cars colliding with railroad trains; or an individual on a bike on on foot being hit by a train. The future train accident in our part of the country may be much different, and much worse in the number of victims and the extent of the harm.

Oil Crude Cargo on Trains: Danger of Fire and Explosion

It’s reported that in the last 6 years there has been 4000% increase in moving crude oil via rail. That’s not a typo: that is a FOUR THOUSAND percent jump since 2008. Which means there are lots of trains carrying flammable oil through our part of the country. Lots of it.

You may have seen these oil trains and not thought much about them. The specially designed train cars that carry oil as their cargo are easy to spot. They look like long metal cylinders placed upon a rail wheel base.

In the image below, there’s an example of Department of Transportation (DOT-111) train cars that crashed in Cherry Valley, Illinois. About 12 DOT-111 oil tank cars were involved in that train wreck, and fortunately there was no fire or explosion.

 

More than a dozen DOT-111 tank cars piled up after a railway accident in Cherry Valley, Illinois. Photo: WPR.org, Public Domain.

 

Why Are These Oil Trains So Dangerous?

There are several reasons that these oil trains are so dangerous. First, railways in our part of the country, as well as most of the United States, are far from new. Many are almost 100 years old.  Already a cause for concern, there’s been no work done on these rails to better safeguard them against all this increase in heavy cargo traffic (4000%, remember).

Additionally, the rail cars themselves are old. They were built decades ago and there is a big risk of puncture of their walls.

Thing of a leaking oil car. Imagine a spark from a moving wheel against the metal rail. It’s a situation that is simply very, very dangerous.

Oil Train Routes Moving Through Indiana and Illinois

What’s happening here? The United States shale boom is supplying lots of crude oil to the country, and Indiana and Illinois are receiving lots of crude oil from North Dakota shale. Oil trains are also moving through our area as crude oil is being transported elsewhere in the country.

Is an oil train route moving near your home? You can go here to insert the name of your city and state to learn the oil train routes passing through your community.

For instance, the city of Gary, Indiana, has two different oil train routes moving through it, carrying crude oil from North Dakota to Michigan.

Many people do not realize that this crude oil is zipping through their community – and many local authorities aren’t aware of how much is moving through their area, and how fast this stuff is going. Oil crude explosions are huge fireballs.

There is a real and growing public safety concern that these cargo trains carrying large amounts of explosive oil crude are hazards that need to be recognized and the public better protected against explosion. Change is needed.

Semi Truck Drivers and Bus Drivers Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: 25% of Those Tested?

January 20th, 2015 by admin

It takes special training to be able to drive one of those big rig semi trucks that cruise along the interstates alongside us here in Indiana and Illinois, and these commercial truck drivers need a special kind of driver’s license in order to operate one of those big, heavy trucks. Similarly, commercial bus drivers are a special group, with specialized skills and in need of a Commercial Driver’s License.

These are professional drivers working in the trucking industry to move goods and cargo from one part of the country to another; or they are driving heavy commercial buses filled with passengers in a job with its own kinds of distractions and challenges. We all rely on these professionals to do their jobs smoothly and well.

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Pressures on Truck Drivers Create Temptations to Use Drugs or Alcohol

However, truck drivers particularly are faced with professional pressures just like others who work against deadlines. Big rigs and semis are moving down the road next to you with an expectation that they will arrive at their destination at a set time on a specific day. The faster that those tractor trailers move, the quicker deliveries are made — and the sooner those truck drivers can get back behind the wheel to do it all over again. That’s how the drivers make their money: being dependable with delivery deadlines.

That pressure can be intense. Truck drivers face the temptation of taking drugs to keep them awake and on the road. Truck drivers also face the temptation to drink alcohol and take other kinds of controlled substances to fight against stress and anxiety.

Which is not legal and which makes those commercial trucks even more dangerous on the road with you and me, assuming that the truck driver is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drivers of these big machines are extremely dangerous out on the road. The risk of fatal accidents and truck crashes increases exponentially as drivers in sedans, cars, minivans, motorcycles, pickups, and other passenger vehicles ride alongside these big trucks and commercial buses with drivers who are operating under the influence of chemicals in their system.

How bad is it?

According to an investigation by FMCSA, almost 25% of commercial truck drivers were driving their trucks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This included truck drivers who were driving trucks carrying hazardous materials as well as bus drivers who were transporting human passengers.

Twenty-five percent means 1 out of every 4 big rig semis on the roads today is being handled by a driver who’s got a blood level above the legal minimums for controlled substances.

That’s scary, isn’t it?

FMCSA Testing of Truck Drivers and Bus Drivers

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), testing for drivers of tractor-trailers and buses as well as other employees in safety sensitive positions, is going to stay at the current federal testing rate of 50% in 2015.

This is because of the industry information that FMCSA has gathered, which in addition to the above statistics also reveals that reasonable suspicion positive test rates have been rising, skyrocketing 500% in a three-year period:

  • up 5.6 percent in 2010
  • up 15.7 percent in 2011
  • up 37.2 percent in 2012.

The Department of Transportation reports that there was an increase in positive drug test results from 95,427 positives in 2011 to 97,332 positives in 2012.

The FMCSA will test for drugs and alcohol in random testing of drivers for over 2000 carriers in the United States.

Federal Law Mandates Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Truck Drivers and Bus Drivers

The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act is a longstanding federal law that mandates all agencies within the Department of Transportation to test for drugs and alcohol of all “safety-sensitive transportation employees.” FMCSA oversees the testing and implements the law’s drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations for those who drive commercial trucks and buses that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). See, 49 CFR Part 382.

 

What Are These Tests Checking?

DOT drug tests are legally required to test for alcohol (0.02 and greater) as well as for five classes of drugs (illegal amounts defined in 49 CFR Part 40, Subpart F):

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates – opium and codeine derivatives
  • Amphetamines and methamphetamines
  • Phencyclidine – PCP.

 

NTSB Most Wanted List for 2015: Fed’s Top 10 Biggest Dangers in Transportation Today

January 15th, 2015 by admin

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has released its 2015 Most Wanted List, where the federal agency targets those issues it considers the biggest dangers facing America on the roads in transportation safety.

The NTSB has compiled its Most Wanted List for over ten years now, to bring public awareness and to drive change in areas where there are unacceptable risks being faced by Americans on U.S. roads.

From the Most Wanted List are these accident dangers which we see causing serious injury and wrongful death all too often in Indiana and Illinois:

1.  Commercial Trucking Safety

Commercial trucking is integral to our economy, but crashes, injuries and deaths involving commercial trucks have been increasing over the past several years. The NTSB has a long history of calling on the regulators to improve their oversight of operators, drivers, and vehicles. To manage their safety risks, trucking companies must go beyond securing regulatory compliance from all their employees, and proactively identify operational hazards and potential solutions.

 

 

 2.  Distracted Driving

Since 2003, the NTSB has found distraction from portable electronic devices (PEDs) as a cause or contributing factor in 11 accident investigations. Those crashes resulted in 259 people injured and 50 people killed. The first step toward removing deadly distractions will be to disconnect from non-mission-critical information. All modes of transportation need to rise to today’s distraction challenges.

3.  Safety of  Mass Transit (Buses, Subways, Etc.)

Every day, millions of people take some form of mass transit to or from shopping, work, classes, or other destinations. Mass transit comprises light rail, commuter rail, subways, ferries, streetcars, buses and trolley buses. Although each system has unique equipment, operating environments, and challenges, all can benefit from strengthening their organizational safety cultures. Deploying advanced technologies will also make mass transit safer.

 

From the president of the National Safety Council:

“The NTSB’s Most Wanted List appropriately highlights two critical safety issues: distracted driving and prescription painkiller use,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC. “Our desire to be constantly connected, even while behind the wheel, results in far too many deadly crashes, while the proliferation and misuse of prescription painkillers results in 46 overdose deaths per day. The Council thanks NTSB for keeping these important issues on its Most Wanted List, because continued attention and education are key ingredients of culture change.”

Were Your Car Crash Injuries (1990 – 2015) Caused By Defective Takata Air Bag?

January 13th, 2015 by admin

The Japanese company Takata Corporation has been providing air bags to car manufacturers all around the world for many, many years now. It’s only within the past year or two that it’s been revealed that these Takata air bags are defective products that can cause serious injury or even death.

People have been hurt in accidents all over the world from these air bags.  Apparently, it’s been happening for over 20 years.

Image: airbag that has properly inflated without incident.

Meanwhile, for literally DECADES, these air bags have been hurting and killing people. It’s not known right now how many people suffered over the years from these exploding air bags. Injuries caused by the exploding air bags have been attributed to all sorts of things — even criminal assaults in some cases, since the slashing injuries suffered by the victims can look similar to knife wounds.

How Takata Air Bags Hurt People

The Takata air bags are known – now – to cut drivers and passengers with sharp metal and plastic pieces that hit like battlefield shrapnel within the car’s interior as the air bag’s metal holder breaks apart when the air bag explodes. How?

It’s believed that the air bags are defective because too much air is pushed into the air bag when it is signaled to inflate. The enormous volume of air being forced into the air bag result not only in the air bag blowing apart, but also destroying its metal and plastic case. The metal and plastic component breaks into bits, which are carried in the explosion’s force into surrounding objects: seats, dashboard, interiors, and the bodies of any passenger as well as the driver.

Takata has not confirmed this. Takata claims that it’s still investigating what is happening in these air bag explosions. It has pointed a finger at weather factors, like humidity and moisture, contributing to the problem. Takata has not agreed to a national recall of its product.

Honda Hit With Historic $70 Million Fine

Meanwhile, the federal government has been pushing the manufacturer for that national recall. And the federal government is demanding millions in fines from car makers, too.

Honda was recently fined $70,000,000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to promptly act regarding the Takata air bags endangering its buyers.

This $70 Million Fine was the largest fine that the NHTSA ever imposed on a car maker by the agency.

Were You Hurt or in a Crash Caused by a Takata Air Bag?

From NHTSA, there is an online list of the BMWs, Chryslers, Dodges, Fords, Pontiacs, Hondas, Acuras, Mazdas, Mitsubishis, Nissans, Saabs, Infiniti, Subaru, and Toyotas, that are at risk of accident and injury because of a Takata air bag and anyone driving one of these vehicles is urged to take immediate action. Go to SaferCar.gov to find out if your car, or the car in which you were hurt, has a Takata airbag problem.

And if you were involved in an auto accident where you or a loved one suffered knife-like cut injuries and they were explained away as being caused by something else, then you may need to investigate whether or not the Takata air bag was the real cause of the accident and if there are legal claims to advance based upon the product defect.

 

Big Rig Semi Truck Crash Danger Rises as Congress Suspends New HOS Rules

January 8th, 2015 by admin

The number of hours that a truck driver is driving a big rig semi truck on our highways without taking time to rest and recuperate is very important. Tired truckers are not as alert.  Sleepy truck drivers can cause crashes and semi truck accidents usually kill at least some of the people involved in the crash.  Which is why new Congressional action is not good for anyone sharing the roads with a large truck, especially one traveling at high speeds.   

 

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HOS Rules Passed To Force Truck Drivers to Limit Hours Behind The Wheel and Rest

Over the past few years, there was a huge push to force commercial truck drivers to take more breaks and get more rest. This included a big change in the rules that truckers and the trucking industry must follow, the HOS (”Hour of Service”) rules.  There was a huge fight to get the new regulations in place, much less get them implemented. It took years.

You can read more about that big fight and the change in HOS Rules here:

2015 Trucker Rules Change in Congressional Omnibus Budget Action

So imagine the surprise lots of folks are experiencing now as it’s being reported that during last month’s big Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which was passed before Congress took its holiday break, the trucker’s HOS rules were changed.

That’s right. The trucking industry must be very, very happy right now. Why?

The federal government has suspended the 34-hour rest rule every 7 days as well as the rule that cut total driving time per week to 70. It moves the truck drivers back to an 82-hour total drive-time restriction under the old laws.

Both the American Trucking Association and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association are in favor of this roll-back, and they pushed for it to happen.

Now, this may not be a permanent change. Congress has shelved the new HOS rules while a study is completed on the number of trucks that are actually being driven on heavy-traffic roads in the United States. Once the study is completed, maybe the new HOS rules are revived. Or maybe not.

Someone Dies in a Large Truck (Big Rig, Semi, Tractor-Trailer) Crash Every 90 Seconds in the USA

Meanwhile, as opponents to this budget hijacking of the existing federal HOS rules have pointed out, there are going to be sleepy truck drivers out on our roads now and the danger of crashes and wrongful deaths in big rig semi accidents just got higher.  Already, statistics show that every minute and a half, someone dies in a big rig semi truck crash in the United States.

For more on the dangers that this Congressional action has brought upon us all, check out the information provided here by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

 

New Gizmos to Fight Traumatic Brain Injuries and Sports Concussions

January 6th, 2015 by admin

We monitor brain injuries and concussion dangers in sporting injuries suffered in school kids as well as college athletes and pro players (see earlier posts here). It’s a growing danger for those playing football as well as other contact sports.

As the reality of traumatic brain injuries and sports conclusions continues to be faced by parents, coaches, teachers, spouses, and others who have had a loved one seriously injured or permanently harmed (or even killed) while playing football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, or other sports, developers have been working hard to find new technologies to help fight these injuries from happening or to notify coaches and others as soon as possible that a head injury as occurred.

 

These include:

1. Headband Sensors

BlackBox Biometrics has developed a headband insert for players to wear under their helmets that is about the size of your thumb. It contains sensors that monitor the amount of force and impact felt by the wearer. Called the Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS), the headband gizmo alerts coaches, parents, and others through an app of what the player has experienced as it happens.

If the “red alert” is sent, the player has experienced a force which can cause serious injury and needs to be evaluated.

2. Mouthguards with Apps

This year, a new kind of mouthguard will be available for players, called the FITGuard. It has lights that change color based upon the forced felt by the mouthguard’s internal monitors. It also has computer connections via an app to allow coaches and others to monitor what the player is experiencing. A color warning will notify everyone of a hit that has been delivered with such force that there is danger of head injury or concussion, allowing the player to be removed from the field and evaluated for injury from the impact.

3. Smart Helmets

Helmets with impact sensors and apps to deliver information on impact and force are also being developed for use by football players. Riddell has already begun selling its INSITE helmet with 5 different impact sensors that report both the intensity of the impact as well as the direction of the force and how long it was felt by the player.

4. Magnet Inserts for Helmets

This technology seeks to use existing helmets and make them better at protecting the wearer through the use of magnets. The idea is that the magnets will pull energy from the impact’s force essentially pushing back against the impact to minimize the force felt by the person wearing the helmet. Developed by Raymond Colello, Ph.D., of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, this adaptation of team helmets might be the most popular since it might spare teams the expense of buying new helmets as Colello’s magnets are designed to fit into current helmets on the market.

How does this work? Magnets can push back up to 130 lbs of force at as little as 1.5 inches in distances, and the new technology promises that the G-forces felt in a football impact could be lessened by as much as HALF.

Now, the question becomes:  when are those Powers that Be that control what players wear on the field going to begin using these safety devices, and what is their duty to provide these safety devices to players on the field?

 

Happy 2015 From Kenneth J. Allen Law Group!

January 1st, 2015 by admin

Fireworks Fun on New Years’ Eve 2014: Dangers of Serious Injury or Death

December 30th, 2014 by admin

In Illinois and Ohio, citizens can only buy and use sparklers and a few other kinds of consumer fireworks. Illinois joins four other states in this level of safety concern in public use of fireworks; there are also four states that outright ban the use of fireworks by anyone other than professionals (Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York).

Indiana joins the majority of states in allowing most any kind of consumer fireworks (technically referred to as “Class C Fireworks” by fireworks manufacturers).

Of course, there are still federal laws that apply to these fireworks in all the states that control things like:

  • what kinds of firecracker / fireworks products can be sold to consumers;
  • who can buy them;
  • where they can be sold; and
  • the days where they are legally available for purchase.

It’s not legal for someone in Illinois to cross the state line into Indiana, for example, to purchase some personal fireworks. However, we can assume that some folk are going to do this, and there will be some personal fireworks set off in celebration of the New Year in Illinois, too.

These people need to know that it’s not just criminal law that applies here.  Anyone who disobeys the fireworks laws and an injury results may face stricter liability standards under state law; and anyone who sells fireworks may also be held responsible for any serious injuries that result from the dangerous products they have sold for profit.

 

Firecrackers are Fun — and Dangerous

Consumer fireworks are considered to be “hazardous substances” under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. They are heavily regulated because they can not only cause fires and injure property but they can seriously injure and even kill people who are using them or are nearby to fireworks or firecrackers.

Each year, thousands are seriously injured or suffer a wrongful death from bodily harm caused by fireworks.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost half of all fireworks injuries (40%) are suffered by kids under the age of 15 years old.

Still, firecrackers and fireworks are enjoyed as a part of the New Year’s tradition around the world and have been a part of our nation’s history for many years. Many families will not only enjoy professional fireworks displays put on for the public this week, they will also herald in 2015 with their own fireworks fun.

Fireworks Safety Tips

Here are some fireworks safety guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

 

  1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  4. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  5. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  6. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  7. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  8. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  9. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  10. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  11. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Professional New Years’ Fireworks Displays for New Years Eve 2014

Among the professional fireworks scheduled for this New Years Eve in Indiana are:

  • Kokomo, Indiana
  • Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Nappanee, Indiana
  • Vincennes, Indiana

Professional fireworks displays scheduled in Illinois for 2014 New Years Eve celebrations include:

 

  • Navy Pier New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Chicago
  • First Night Springfield in Springfield
  • Peoria Ball Drop at the Ballpark in Peoria

Bottom line: this week, as lots of people around Indiana and our neck of the woods will be enjoying their Happy New Year celebrations with the use of  fireworks, it’s important to keep safe.  Be careful out there and have a Happy 2015 everyone!!!