I posted this video earlier:
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) July 6, 2022
In Minnesota over the 4th of July, an 18-year-old was killed when a firework went off in his face.
In Indiana, an 11-year-old was also killed by a firework.
The fatalities were caused by large mortar style fireworks.
The big mortars, which are intended to launch an explosive payload a few hundred feet into the air, detonate with significant force.
Any firework capable of sending sparks a hundred feet or more can be lethal if it goes of next to a person’s head.
In the video above, a man can be seen laughing a mortar firework at people.
This is tantamount to firing an M203 at someone.
The lethal effective blast radius might be a bit smaller but having a mortar firework detonate next to a foot or hand will result in an amputation, and can cause loss of eyes if it detonate near the face.
IANAL, however I think there is sufficient evidence to justify returning fire in jurisdictions where self defense is allowed, if someone launches fireworks at you.
It will be an interesting case if it were to happen.
Make sure you have hand and eye trauma surgeons as your expert witnesses to describe what sorts of injuries fireworks can cause.
They definitely qualify as “grievous bodily harm.”