Students Injured after Firecracker Ignited on NY School Bus
Brooklyn emergency crews responded to a report of a smoke-filled bus on Tuesday morning, according to CBS New York. Several students had ignited a firecracker on the bus causing injuries to 16 students.
Details of the School Bus Firecracker Accident
The call came just before 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to a “smoke condition” on a school bus at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Dorchester Road in the Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn. A report from the bus company says one or two students “set off a firecracker on the bus.”
The bus was carrying approximately 44 students who attend Brooklyn Dreams Charter school when the firecracker incident occurred. Reports say 15 students sustained minor injuries such as asthma or trouble breathing, and one student suffered serious injuries in the accident. 11 of the students were taken to area hospitals for further treatment; five students were treated at the scene.
The names of the individual or individuals responsible for the firecracker have not been released nor has there been any word of possible disciplinary action.
Firework Injury Statistics
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were six non-occupational fatalities related to fireworks in 2012. That same year there were an estimated 8,700 firework-related injuries. About 30 percent of those injuries were sustained by children under the age of 15. Roughly 600 injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2012 were associated with sparklers; 400 emergency room injuries were associated with bottle rockets.