Authorities say that fireworks led to a three-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Lynn, Massachusetts, this week. According to NBC10, the fire started as a result of people setting off fireworks and one ricocheting to the second-floor porch, which ignited nearby combustibles and spread to the third floor.
“I was actually sitting on my porch, and they were playing with Roman candles, and it bounced off the telephone pole and landed on the second floor balcony,” said neighbor Alysa Mercado. Fire officials say that 10 people were displaced because of the fire.
In light of the approaching 4th of July holiday, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is reminding the public to leave fireworks to the professionals. According to NFPA statistics, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, three deaths, and 40 civilian injuries. Direct property damage exceeds $40 million. NFPA’s Fireworks page includes an educational video, statistics, tip sheet and infographic on fireworks safety.