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Officials Warn: Take Care with All Fireworks

Posted July 1, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Last year fireworks injured 7,600 people in the United States. Many of those injuries were associated with illegal or homemade fireworks, but even the non-explosive fireworks sold here in North Carolina can be dangerous if you don't follow directions.

There's plenty to choose from at a fireworks stand, but maybe the biggest choice has already been made for you. Fireworks dealer Jimmy Moore says the choices are limited by law.

In NC, only non-explosive fireworks such as fountains, sparklers and smoke bombs are permitted and no one under 16 can buy fireworks.

Moore says he won't sell to anyone under 18.

Part of being safe is realizing that the fireworks themselves aren't the only danger. Rusty Styon of the Raleigh Fire Department says there are many ways fireworks can cause trouble.

Regardless of the cause, statistics show most accidents involving fireworks involve children between the ages of 10 and 14.