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Fireworks Safety

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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The states's ten-day sale of Fourth of July
fireworks is under way. And the Kansas fire marshal's office is on
full alert.

Department spokesman Mike Cameron says inspectors are
spot-checking stands, which opened yesterday. They're looking for
safety standards, and to be sure all merchandise is legal.

Pop-bottle rockets have been banned in Kansas since 1982, but
are available in neighboring Missouri and Oklahoma. Sparklers are
legal, but Cameron says they cause some of the most serious
injuries.

Cameron says a parent would be aghast any other time of the year
if a child were carrying around a stick burning with a heat of
12-hundred degrees.

Cameron also urges those who buy fireworks outside the city to
set them off there, with a water source handy in case of fire in
these dry conditions.


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