Caution needed for safe celebration

Published 7:43 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - Fizzle, crack, pop and boom are all sounds you are likely to hear this time of year as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.
The sounds come from the countless fireworks being set off by those celebrating the holiday.
In a study done by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency an estimated 23,000 fireworks fires in 2002 caused approximately $35 million in property and 60 percent of those fires occurred during the month of July around the Independence Day holiday.
The study also states that children under the age of 15 sustained 45 percent of the 9,300 injuries from fireworks.
Consumer fireworks can be very dangerous and one way to avoid injury or fire is to attend public fireworks displays conducted by professional pyrotechnicians.
Vosburgh added that it seems in the past few years the number of calls the department has been getting for fireworks related incidents has gone down.