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Far more serious injuries with fireworks this year


Serious fireworks-related injuries from June 1 to July 31 this year in Washington State rose by 40 percent according to the latest figures from the State Fire Marshal's Office. The majority of these injuries occurred on the Fourth of July. This year, fireworks injuries resulted in amputations, first, second, third degree burns and hearing and eyesight loss. Sixteen percent of those injured were due to alcohol or drug impairment.

In addition, fireworks-related-fires resulted in an estimated nearly $200,000 in property loss during the same period. There were 67 fireworks-related fires with 62 percent of them occurring on the Fourth of July holiday.

"Any injury or fire due to fireworks is to...

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