Fireworks are dangerous, legal or not
When the sun goes down on July 4, fireworks are sure to come out. In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires and emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries – more than half of them children. The City of Wilmington Fire Department suggests the following tips for fireworks safety:
Even sparklers, which are legal and seem harmless, are dangerous. They can reach a temperature of over 1,200º F (glass melts at 900º F) and can cause third degree burns.
Here’s a list of what’s legal, and what’s not:
Legal: Sparklers, fountains and novelty fireworks items that do not explode, spin or fly through the air.
Not Legal: Firecrackers, ground spinners, roman candles, rockets (including bottle rockets), mortars, etc.
North Carolina law requires the purchaser of any consumer fireworks to be at least 16 years old. Violation of fireworks laws is classified as a misdemeanor, which may be punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to six months, depending upon the level of violation. The fireworks laws cover transport, display, storage, sale, possession and use of fireworks.
Make this a safe and fun holiday!