Fourth of July holiday fireworks safety

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Demonstration

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Fourth of July is right around the corner, so the  Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning people about the dangers of fireworks.

According to the CPSC, on average seven people die every year in fireworks accidents, and thousands more are injured.

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According to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, 778 fires and 650 explosions have been ignited by fireworks across Virginia in the past 10 years. 

The state agency says in 2016 there were a total of 105 fireworks-related incidents, a dramatic increase from only 34 incidents in 2015. 

Remember, here in Virginia, only sparklers and fountains are legal for consumers. But even those can be dangerous and c ause injuries, as sparklers burn at temperatures greater than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third degree burns.

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