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Stay safe this summer: Fireworks

There's nothing like watching the colors explode into the night sky after a summer party, but in Connecticut, there are strict laws in place to protect people from the potential hazards fireworks can present. When the law is not followed safety can fall prey to fires, and serious injuries like burns car occur.

As Fox61 reports, fireworks can only be purchased by those who are at least 16 years old. The state also limits they types of fireworks that are legally available for purchase to sparklers and fountains. Sparklers are a stick that, when lit, can be held in a person's hand as small sparks shoot a small way. Fountains are often cardboard cylindrical and can be placed on the ground or lit using a hand-held device, and they shoot colors a short range like a water fountain would. Any other firework, like a roman candle, firecracker or any other exploding device is not allowed for personal purchase in Connecticut. Those found breaking the law can get a $100 fine or up to 90 days in jail.

As Patch.com explains, participants in the Everyday Hero CT volunteer firefighters have offered summer safety guidelines, and they recommend against the use of any personal fireworks at all. Instead, they recommend attending a professional fireworks display so as to avoid the risk of fires. On July Fourth each year 40 percent of fires are due to the use of fireworks. Children and teens are the most often injured by fireworks, which caused over 11,000 injuries in 2013 alone. Severe burns, scarring, and even death can result from fireworks, and even sparklers get up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more heat than needed to melt glass. 

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