Civil War Reenactment Cannon Explosion Injures 3 Children
About the Civil War Cannon Accident
Police told reporters the accident happened near the beginning of the Summerfest Parade in Orem, Utah on Saturday. Orem is situated about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.
A Civil War reenactment group marching in the parade discharged a cannon when the sparks from the cannon landed on a pouch containing additional charges. The sparks triggered a blast which injured three children.
Witnesses told news outlets that two children appeared to be caught on fire following the explosion. Police said all three children were treated at the scene before being transported to a local hospital in stables condition. Authorities are investigating the accident.
Child Burn Injury Statistics
The following burn injury statistics are provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.
- In 2010, 365 children under the age of 19 died from fires or burns in the U.S. Of those deaths, 88 percent were caused by residential home fires.
- 47 percent of the children killed by fires in 2010 were ages 4 or under.
- About 136,453 children under the age of 19 were treated in U.S. emergency room for burn injuries.
- Young children are more likely to be injured by scalds caused by hot objects rather than burns caused by direct contact with fire.
- On average, the cost of admitting a child to a hospital burn center is $22,700.