Broward County

Broward Sheriff, Fire Marshal Encouraging Safety with Fireworks During Fourth of July Weekend

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  • One South Florida law enforcement agency is trying to make sure that people party safely this July 4th, including knowing fireworks danger.

This weekend, South Florida residents will be celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday with parties, barbeques and fireworks.

One South Florida law enforcement agency is trying to make sure that people party safely, especially when it comes to when it comes to understanding the dangers of fireworks.

Broward Fire Rescue and the BSO Bomb Squad gave members of the media a chance Tuesday to see those dangers firsthand. Officials showed how the improper use of both illegal fireworks and legal sparklers can cause damage to the person lighting them or those around.

“If you want to see fireworks, it’s best left to the professionals,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “The last thing we want to see is a child burned by a sparkler, someone lose fingers, or worse, from fireworks.”

Every year, an average of 20,000 fires are started from firework accidents. Sparklers can reach a temperature of nearly 1,200 Fahrenheit, which can cause third degree burns and permanent disfigurement.

In the state of Florida, any item that flies or makes an explosion is considered illegal. Both state and local Fire Marshals are doing routine searches of roadside stands to make sure illegal fireworks aren’t sold.

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