By Luke Lavoie, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:33 PM EDT, July 1, 2013
Howard County Fire and Police officials are urging residents to stay safe and abide by the law during Independence Day celebrations.
A news release reminds residents that ground-based sparkler devices are illegal in Howard County, although they are legal in other parts of the state.
Violators are subject to a fine of $1,000, according to the release.
Safety officials say handheld sparklers, party poppers, ignitable “snakes” and “snap ’n’ pops” are still legal within the county.
Police urge residents who purchase legal fireworks to take the following precautions:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2012, there were six deaths and an estimated 8,700 emergency room visits for injuries resulting from fireworks-related incidents, the release said.
Burns and lacerations to the hands, face and head were the most frequently reported injuries. About half of the injuries were related to firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers.