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Fireworks Safety

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The 4th of July holiday will be celebrated later this week, but you may have already seen or heard your neighbors holding their own fireworks display.

Injuries to children under the age of 15 accounted for 30 percent of the estimated firework related injuries.

Every 4th of July, someone somewhere gets injured by both legal and illegal fireworks.

It's a tragedy that doesn't have to happen if people just let the professionals do the job.

This is the video the government puts out every year in an attempt to remind people that setting off fireworks on your own, isn't a good idea.

It's a powerful reminder about what can happen when things go wrong.

Lima fire inspector Warren Pughsley says even sparklers can cause problems if not properly handled.

Pughsley also reminds people that many fireworks you see for sale around here aren't even legal to fire off in Ohio.

Illegal fireworks like bottle rockets can also cause blindness or can end up on someone's roof and can start a house fire.

Short of sparklers and snakes, just about any other type of firework is illegal in Ohio.

Last year there were 87 hundred people treated in emergency rooms for firework related injuries.

Four people died due to fireworks related injuries.

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