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The dangers of fireworks

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Jul 7, 2015

Before the July 4th holiday, Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Operations Division Director, posted an eloquent blog about the risks of fireworks to dry vegetation and buildings

Photo Credit Newsflare Daily Telegraph UK 7July15 Moment firework burns down house caught on camera Vin ShahrestaniNFPA’s safety-focused message of leaving fireworks to the professionals can sometimes seem like a killjoy, but it’s right.

I was reminded of this simple truth after reading an article about a $3 firework that caused an estimated $70,000 in damages to a California home when the firework ignited trees on the property and the fire quickly spread to the structure. 

A resident captured the fire on video (warning: the video contains bleeped-out and emotional language of the moment).  In the 7 minute video, you can see the fire spread and witness the fire department’s response.

Even responsible people can have fireworks get out of their control.  Let’s leave the fireworks to the professionals this summer.  

Photo Credit: Newsflare. Shahrestani, Vin. Daily Telegraph UK. 7July15 Moment firework burns down house caught on camera.  Accessed online 7July15. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/viral-video/11724259/Moment-firework-burns-down-house-caught-on-camera.html 

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