Published on June 27, 2017

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In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.

Most fireworks-related fires begin in brush or trash and spread to wooded areas, homes and even automobiles. Others begin when fireworks, such as a bottle rocket, lands on a roof and ignite combustibles.

Huntsville Fire & Rescue is reminding the community that fireworks are illegal within the city limits. While people celebrate July 4th, fireworks cause numerous fires and injuries. Last year the city saw an increase in the number of calls involving fireworks. Due to the increase in use and dangers associated with them, the city will be issuing citations for fireworks on the first offence.

Remember it is illegal to use, sell, or possess fireworks in the City of Huntsville

(Ord. No. 05-504, § 1, 6-23-2005) Sec. 13-33. – Fireworks