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Fireworks & Alcohol Don't Mix: Here's Why

Posted by Mark Garka | Jun 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

With American Independence Day coming up on the 4th, many people are already geared up for a fantastic night of bright lights and loud noises. However, before you start lighting up those bad boys, there are a few important facts to consider, including one of the most important: never use fireworks while inebriated.

Drugs and alcohol work so well on helping us relax because they are a substance that lowers inhibition and often increases relaxation. However, with the reduced inhibition comes a whole slew of terrible ideas. Fireworks can be dangerous, even the small sparklers that parents sometimes let their kids hold. Every year, emergency rooms are filled with people who decided to set off a firework in a poor location or as a part of a stunt that they didn't think through properly.

Besides poor judgment, another reason fireworks can become more dangerous under the influence of alcohol is coordination. Alcohol is a depressant, and its presence in the body can loosen limbs and decrease our balance. If someone is aiming a firework up into the sky, as they should, they could lose their balance and accidentally point the rocket at another person, a house, an animal, or any number of other potential hazards that could lead to serious injury or even death. Likewise, even holding the firework incorrectly could cause you serious burn injuries. Some individuals, even while sober, have lost fingers and entire hands to fireworks.

Make sure you protect yourself and your family this year. If you plan on drinking, make sure someone at the party there is stone-cold sober who can set off the fireworks for you and other inebriated people. Also, before you start lighting those fireworks, ensure you are in a designated area that allows the use of fireworks by unlicensed individuals. For example, you could be arrested if you set off even a sparkler on any federal land, state park, or in the following cities:

  • Edmonds
  • Everett
  • Gold Bar
  • Lynwood
  • Marysville
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Mukilteo
  • Woodway

If you find yourself under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don't hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled Snohomish County DUI attorney is experienced in representing people who have been charged with DUIs. Attorney Mark W. Garka has the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the laws regarding DUIs as well as law enforcement procedures and protocols concerning sobriety tests. Let us see what we can do for you.

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About the Author

Mark Garka

Mark is a solo-practitioner who limits his practice to DUI Defense. During Law School, he worked in the Juvenile Division for the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and he also worked in the Corrections Division at the Attorney General's Office. After completing his degree, he clerked...


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