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Fireworks set home on fire

June 25, 2003

Albany - As July 4th approaches, more fires are started as a result of illegal fireworks. Those fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly.

In one South Georgia home , a seven-year-old girl was playing with a bottle rocket and caught a bedroom on fire. Over $5,000 in damage was done to the home, luckily no one was injured. Every year fireworks-related fires cause at least $15,000,000 in property loss.

Fire Chief James Carswell says teaching your children the danger of fireworks could save their life. "Education," says Carswell, "they need to explain to them the dangers involved in experimentation with any of that. Every year, thousands of people get injured, severely injured with any type of explosive device."

Fireworks are illegal in Georgia, but they are permitted in Alabama and Florida, and stands in those states are popular spots for Georgians.

posted at 6:10 PM by karen.collier@walb.com