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July Fourth Safety

The upcoming holiday is prompting a warning about illegal fireworks
Fireworks are illegal here in New York, but that doesn't stop people from buying them out of state.  State police want people to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

There are many different legal firework shows in and around our city on the Fourth.  It's the job of professionals, and it's illegal if you're not a professional in the state of New York.

"We urge everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals who've been trained on how to utilize and ignite them.  That way you can enjoy them safely," said Mark O'Donnell of the New York State Police.

Jim Young, owner of Young Explosives, has been gearing up for the Fourth, the busiest day of the year for him.  He's warning people-fireworks are dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.

"Obviously the recommendation for people is don't do it.  We're in a closed state, there are too many things that can go wrong," Young said. 

This holiday is also a busy one for emergency room doctors.  Doctor Derek Bell with UR Medicine sees dozens of injuries relating to the Fourth every year.  Sparklers can look enticing to children, but Bell says those metal rods are hot and could seriously hurt someone.

"The most common firework type of injury that we see is related to sparklers, with little children using sparklers, causing thermal burns to their hands," Bell said.

Last year alone eight people died, and more than 11,000 people were seriously injured because of fireworks.  That's according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Officials don't want to see that happen close to home.

Trooper O'Donnell says possessing fireworks is also a Class B Misdemeanor.  He says it's a serious crime that will go on your record.
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