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Fireworks displays best left to the pros

While there are plenty of professional fireworks displays scheduled for this week, some have plans to put on a show of their own. That’s why the Syracuse Fire and Police Departments are teaming up to show you just how dangerous they can be.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- While there are plenty of professional fireworks displays scheduled for this week, some have plans to put on a show of their own. That’s why the Syracuse Fire and Police Departments are teaming up to show you just how dangerous they can be.
 
It looked like something you might see on the set of an action movie, but Tuesday’s demonstration showed how the massive force of just one firework can be a recipe for disaster if it lands in the wrong hands.
 
“These are fireworks. They are explosives, so if you’re holding it in your hand there's a risk of it blowing up in your hand and we're looking at injuries of an adult or a child that could be life altering,” explained Syracuse Police Sgt. Gary Bulinski.
 
And not only is it dangerous, people who illegally use fireworks are costing the Syracuse Police and Fire Departments time, money and manpower.
 
“We provide EMS service to the whole city and citizens with true medical emergencies could experience a delayed fire department response if our units are tied up chasing down spot fires caused by illegal fireworks,” said Syracuse Fire Chief Mark McLees.
 
Upstate Trauma Outreach Coordinator Steve Adkisson says they see a lot of injuries associated with fireworks each year.
 
“We see a lot of blast injuries associated with the smaller fireworks; fingers blown off, hands, eyes tend to get hurt quite a bit with fireworks,” Adkisson said.
 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says back in 2010, 8,600 people were hurt by fireworks. That number jumped more than 10 percent in 2011 to nearly 9,600 people injured.
 
Even more surprising, nearly 20,000 fires are started by firecrackers destroying property and sometimes even lives.
 
Your best bet is to leave the fireworks to the pros and head out to one of the many shows across Central New York this week.
 
Brewerton has Tuesday night’s biggest show at around 9:15 p.m. over Oneida Lake. At 9:30 there’s a show at Emerson Park in Auburn and there’s also a display at dusk on Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville and in Little York at Dwyer Memorial Park. Organizers tell us the shows are weather permitting and will be a game-time decision.
 
For a full list of fireworks displays throughout the area, CLICK HERE.

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