Consumer officials warn of fireworks dangers

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't try it at home.

July Fourth fireworks are best left to professionals, according to federal safety officials.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum says commercial fireworks are more powerful than the ones sold to the public, and have fuses that burn much faster.

Even legal consumer fireworks pose dangers, according to Tenenbaum. She says there are "200 injuries each day involving fireworks" around the Fourth of July.

Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines urges adults to closely supervise children with sparklers, because the burning chemicals and metal particles are extremely hot. He says sparklers are second only to firecrackers in causing fireworks-related injuries.

The CPSC joined with partner agencies in demonstrating fireworks hazards today on the National Mall in Washington, with explosions to punctuate their message of safety and caution for the holiday.

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Inez Tenenbaum, chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum wants everyone to know just how dangerous fireworks are.

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Inez Tenenbaum, chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum advises people who want to shoot off their own fireworks to use only consumer fireworks as allowed by local law.

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Chief Glenn Gaines, acting U.S. fire administrator

Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines says sparklers are second only to firecrackers in causing fireworks injuries.

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Jason Henderson, fireworks accident victim

Jason Henderson says he was severely injured when ingredients for making illegal fireworks exploded at his home.

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Sound of M-1,000 firecracker explosion blowing apart a watermelon

This is the sound of an M-1,000 firecracker explosion blowing apart a watermelon in a fireworks safety demonstration.

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