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CHARLES CITY, IA – It’s a big holiday for fireworks, but the July 4th holiday also brings up memories of how quickly they can become dangerous.
Back in 2008, at least 37 were injured in Charles City when a fireworks shell misfired during the holiday show.
That memory has the Charles City fire department sending out a reminder each year about safety around fireworks.
Charles City Fire Chief, Eric Whipple, told us that most fireworks are illegal in Iowa but people who want to celebrate with sparklers and firecrackers should still take extra caution as both can cause fires quiet easily.
Even though we’ve seen a lot of rain this spring and summer, fires can still ignite if fireworks are not used properly.
“Unfortunately people sometimes use sparklers and those types of fireworks in places they shouldn’t and can start a fire somewhat easy, be sure to pay attention to what you’re doing,” Whipple said.
According to local authorities, there are twice as many fires reported on the 4th of July than any other day throughout the year so safety is advised for everyone celebrating this holiday.