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July 5, 2005

Albany- Officials at both Albany hospitals and Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services say they had no reports of fireworks-related injuries or burns.

Even with the increased activity during the three-day weekend emergency officials say the holiday was relatively uneventful.

"I think everybody was pretty much aware of general safety this year. We had a lot of people out there during the fireworks display and out there on the river, and everybody took caution this year," says Randall Balkcom of Dougherty County EMS.

Emergency medical staff say they did treat several traffic-related injuries. Motor vehicle travel this Fourth of July was predicted to surpass Thanksgiving's numbers with an estimated 34 million Americans hitting the roads.

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