The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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July 3, 2012

Clinton Fire Department issues fireworks warning

CLINTON — The Clinton Fire Department is reminding people to have a safe July 4 holiday by only using legal fireworks.

Iowa law only allows for the use of sparklers and snakes. Items such as bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles are not allowed.

According to a press release from the fire department, this law does not interfere with organized, permitted fireworks provided by trained, insured pyrotechnic operators.

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“The law is in place to ensure the safety of Iowans on this patriotic holiday,” stated the press release.

On Independence Day, far more fires are reported in this country than on any other day and more than twice as many as on an average day, according to a National Fire Protection Association fireworks fact sheet provided by the Clinton Fire Department.

Fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

According to the NFPA, in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 14,100 outside fires.

These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported deaths, 60 civil injuries and $36 million in direct property damage, according to the NFPA.

Related: Feds warn that fireworks injuries are common and sometimes serious

The Clinton Fire Department warns people that when using sparklers and snakes with children, an adult should be present, stating that sparklers can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. The NFPA reported that fountains, novelties and sparklers are designed to throw off showers of hot sparks which can exceed temperatures of 1,200 degrees fahrenheit.

According to the NFPA fact sheet, an estimated 8,600 people went to hospital emergency rooms in 2010 for fireworks-related injuries. Sparklers, novelties and fountains alone accounted for 43 percent of the injuries.

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