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FIreworks impressive, but potentially deadly in wrong hands


David Moore
June 27, 2014 | WGVU  

You’ve probably been hearing fireworks lately around your neighborhood.   And with all the loud noises, also comes potential danger, both to people and property.  But in the wrong hands, even sparklers can be dangerous.

Sure, they get the oohs and ahhs and make neat noises, but as the Kent County Health Department’s Lisa LaPlante warns, when you play with fireworks, you’re really playing with fire. And you know the old saying.

Fact is, mishandled fireworks cause thousands of injuries, property damage and even death.  And LaPlante says it’s not just kids that get in trouble with fireworks. 

LaPlante says  “We still see a lot of adults that get injured because of fireworks, because they may be handling them improperly or they have a dud that didn’t go off.  And when they go back up to try to light it off, it explodes in front or them.”

Two years ago, fireworks gone astray caused a fire that burned St. Mary Magadalen Catholic Church to the ground.  Two years later, the new church has just been dedicated. 

LaPlante says the best bet is to get to one of the fireworks shows that many cities and venues like Fifth Third Ballpark put on throughout the summer, and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.

 

 

 


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