While the Fourth of July is a holiday known for its grand displays of patriotism and pride, it is also notorious for something else: fire hazards.
It is no secret that firework shows are among the most popular Fourth of July celebrations, but they are also the most dangerous, according to the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and Bomb Squad.
The departments urge families to steer clear of shooting off fireworks which are "hot enough to cause disfigurement and severe burns" as well as fires, injury and even death.
Even lesser handheld fireworks such as sparklers can cause bodily harm, and should be used with an excess of caution.
"Go enjoy the fireworks with your family and we urge families from shooting off fireworks on their own," Battalion Chief Michael Kane said.
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