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Firefighters demonstrate firework danger

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Updated: 7/03/2013 6:26 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It seems like common sense but every Fourth of July, local firefighters are busy rushing revelers to the hospital with serious injuries.

From kids who just don't understand to adults to who think they are invincible, firefighters say injuries happen to folks of all ages.

Wednesday, the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters showed Action News the events leading up to the traumas that have become commonplace every Independence Day.

Sparklers setting clothes on fire. Roman Candles singeing hair. As they put mannequin "Manny Quinn" to the test, the results were visual.

"This would be a trauma alert and a ride to Shands you'd spend some times in the trauma center and go through months of healing," said Mark Treglio after one demonstration.

And those are all legal.

"That's not enough for some people. They want something that's bigger. They want something they see on TV for July 4th celebrations," he said. "Coming with larger fireworks is larger injuries."

Tregio said those are the ones capable of blowing off your hand. He tried to demonstrate that with Manny Quinn, too.

Lucky for her, she's made of metal.

"If this was a normal human finger, it probably would have been blown off," he said.

They're heartbreaking calls these firefighters have to respond to.

"Always when it's a child it's very stressful and emotional time for firefighters when they go to respond to them," said Randy Wyse.

They said the worst part is they're all preventable.

Firefighters said one very important thing to remember is after you lit off the firework, throw it into a bucket of water.

And keep in mind, setting off illegal fireworks is a first-degree
misdemeanor with up to a $1,000 fine.

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laertrams - 7/3/2013 6:28 PM
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" The Jacksonville Association of Firefighters stresses safety this Fourth of July." Really? Then perhaps someone in a position of authority might like to visit my neighborhood tomorrow evening, where an idiot will be firing off commercial grade (read: illegal for private citizens) fireworks for the third year in a row (he advertises on Facebook) from his back yard, and for the third year in a row, the Clay County Sheriff will haughtily remind us that "it IS the 4th of July, you know," and decline to do anything about it. The first year was during a region-wide burn ban (which I believe included fireworks by private citizens), but that apparently didn't count. Funny thing is, this idiot has a BUNCH of people on his friends list claiming to be local firefighters and the front plates on a good portion of the vehicles at these events say...you guessed it, Jax/Clay Fire Department. Imagine that...? I guess all men are created equal but some are more equal than others.
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