(WICHITA, Kan.) — You know fireworks can be dangerous, but have you ever thought about how much a fireworks accident could cost you?
From injuries to fires you could end up in court.
“If you're setting off fireworks and they cause a problem for someone else…you've got a problem,” says KWCH legal expert Charlie O’Hara.
He says people often don’t think about the financial liability that goes with fireworks.
“Fireworks used correctly are fine,” adds O’Hara.
Insurance companies didn't want to talk about the issue with Eyewitness News. O'Hara says he's not surprised because homeowners insurance would likely be involved. He says more than likely you would end up in court.
According to one fire safety consulting firm, fireworks injuries often lead to lawsuits.
It says most claims happen when *unsupervised* children are allowed to light fireworks.
It says hospital bills can easily run into the six figures.
O'Hara says it shouldn't stop you from celebrating, but it should make you stop and think before you do.
“Everything you do with something like fireworks should be reasonable. If we all act reasonably everyone should have a great time,” says O’Hara.