As the Fourth of July approaches, a national association is warning about the dangers of the misuse of fireworks.
In a report issued this week, the National Fire Protection Association says some 8,600 people were injured by fireworks in 2010 and that fireworks caused more than 15,000 fires that year, causing eight deaths, 60 injuries and $36 million in damage.
"Thousands of people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year because of incidents involving consumer fireworks and many times these injuries are extremely painful and require long-term recovery — using consumer fireworks is simply not worth the risk," said James Shannon, president of the association, in a release. "We encourage families to enjoy public displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals."
Here are guidelines for fireworks use in Champaign and Urbana.
Most fireworks are prohibited, except: sparklers, toy caps and toy cap guns (with less than .025 grains of explosive compound), "snake" or "glow worm" pellets, smoke devices, trick noisemakers known as "party poppers" or "snappers."
The fire protection association notes that sparklers and other novelty fireworks accounted for 38 percent of the emergency room visits for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.
Any items which must be lit by a match are prohibited in the city limits.
Fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois without a permit.