Stay safe, know the rules when sparking fireworks on this Fourth of July

Justin Schecker

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Stay safe, know the rules when sparking fireworks on this Fourth of July

CREATED Jul. 4, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They sparkle, shimmer and soar. But the fireworks you just bought at a local stand could get you in big trouble.

The City of Tucson prohibits most of the fireworks you see in tents on the side of the road, such as Roman candles and bottle rockets.
 
If it doesn't shoot up into the air or spew sparks all over the place, you won't get yourself in trouble within city limits.
 
If you live outside of Tucson, there are fewer restrictions, but make sure you check what your individual city allows.
 
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nationally emergency rooms treat ten thousand people a year for fireworks related injuries. A whopping six-thousand of those incidents happen on July 4th.
 
"All of the beds are full in the emergency department, all of the trauma beds are full," UAMC trauma nurse Dan Judkins said. "We've got more ambulances sitting here than we have parking places."
 
"It is the busiest day of the year for the fire service when it comes to fires themselves and a good majority of those are set by fireworks," Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Bake said. 
 
Amature fireworks shows are a big part of the problem, emergency responders said. 
 
A recent survey shows 40 percent of Americans will buy fireworks this Independence Day.

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