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Hidden Dangers of Fireworks

In 2007 in Illinois, 125 people received medical care at hospitals for injuries caused by fireworks. Mostly, teenagers and children were injured by fireworks. To blame for the injuries could be novelty fireworks, like snakes and sparklers, which parents often give to children assuming they are safe. However, these fireworks can be equally as dangerous as the fireworks that are illegal in Illinois. Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and 23 percent of emergency visits related to fireworks were attributed to innocent sparklers. Aside from the injuries that sparklers can cause, they can also ignite fires. Last year, fireworks caused almost 100 fires across Illinois, which in turn caused injury to five firefighters and resulted in over $1 million in property loss. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public display.

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