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December 27, 2006

Albany--It's four days until New Year's Eve, one of the biggest times of the year for fireworks.

Firefighters want to remind you about the dangers of fireworks. Sparklers like these are legal in Georgia, but firefighters say you must still use caution. The dormant grass in South Georgia is dry now, and the sparklers and fireworks can easily set them on fire.

Even though legal, sparklers can still cause injuries, especially to children. Albany Fire Chief James Carswell said "they relate to it as being a toy, and accidents can happen. These are not toys. Sparklers themselves burn at 1800 degrees. They will injure a child quickly."

Nationwide in 2004, almost ten thousand people were injured by fireworks, with 8 people killed. More than 40 percent of those injuries were to children 14 years or younger.  

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