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Letters Eye injuries due to fireworks

New firework caused severe eye injuries at a public display

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6579
  1. E Pringle, retinal fellow1,
  2. M B Eckstein, consultant ophthalmologist1,
  3. A G Casswell, consultant ophthalmologist1,
  4. E H Hughes, consultant ophthalmologist1
  1. 1Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BF, UK
  1. edwardpringle{at}

A new type of firework caused severe eye injuries and blindness in children and adults at last year’s bonfire night celebrations in Lewes, UK.1 That evening, eight patients presented to our hospital, five with serious eye injuries—two were blinded and the other three have a lifelong glaucoma risk (table). Police inquiries suggest the new explosive was derived from “rope banger deer scarers,” which have a slow burning …

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