WDAY: The News Leader

Published July 01, 2013, 05:19 PM

Fireworks cause over 9,000 injuries in the U.S. every year

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Every year, there are more than 9,000 injuries in the U-S, caused by fireworks.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Every year, there are more than 9,000 injuries in the U-S, caused by fireworks.

1,000 of this injuries come from seemingly harmless sparklers.

Just 2-years ago, a Fargo man lost his life.

41-year-old Jesse Burley was decapitated during a fireworks accident on the 4th of July.

Fireworks can be pretty awesome, but they can also be very dangerous. One of the main safety issues stressed is having water close by. Several buckets of water like this work great for used or dud fireworks.

Fireworks add sparkle to Independence Day festivities but they need to be handled with care.

Rachael Schmitz- Black Powder Fireworks: "You want to make sure it's on solid ground, that's like probably actually number one, because if it's not, if it's on rock or something it could tip over and it can go out the side."

Always make sure a water source is close, either a hose or bucket filled with water. If you happen to get a dud, don't try and re-light it. Instead wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. You should also soak used fireworks before throwing them away.

Schmitz: "Even if you are in front of a small fountain and you go and check why it's not going off, I mean it could still come up."

Rachael Schmitz with Black Powder Fireworks says always designate a specific person to light the fireworks. This person should wear the proper clothing.

Schmitz: "Shoes, and preferably a hat, and even some goggles."

Before lighting the fuse, It's always a good idea to read the safety labels.

Schmitz: "You could get a fountain and think it's a multi shot or visa versa, if you think it's a fountain and it's a multi shot you wont back up as far and it will go off."

According to the National Fire Protection Association , more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half those fires caused by fireworks. With that and our warm dry forecast in mind, firefighters are on alert.

Dell Sprechier- Assistant Chief, West Fargo Police Department: "One little spark can create a fire that can spread quite rapidly."

West Fargo Assistant Fire Chief Dell Sprecher says with warm days and no precipitation, fields and grassland can dry up fast.

It's important to know your surroundings.

Sprechier: "At least stay 500 yards away from buildings, hay bails, anything that's going to be combustible that can create a fire hazard."

And some of the last word of advice.

Sprechier: "Just be safe, and use common sense, keep alcohol away."

Officials want to remind everyone lighting off fireworks inside city limits is illegal. If you are caught you could face a fine.