Two young children playing with fireworks were responsible for a Memorial Day fire that
displaced almost three dozen people in Champaign, Illinois. According to the News-Gazette, Champaign Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said investigators determined the massive fire was an accident "resulting from the improper use of fireworks near ordinary combustibles."
The fire started on an apartment patio, went up the side of the building, and quickly spread to the roof. When firefighters arrived the building was engulfed.
Fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers and cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely by following precautions.
- NFPA urges everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer
fireworks; this includes sparklers and firecrackers.
- Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
NFPA’s Fireworks Safety tip sheet offers additional information about fireworks and
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