Kansas reports 133 fireworks-related injuries following fourth of July weekend

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports that 133-fireworks-related injuries occurred over the 4th of July weekend (July 1-7th).

"These mostly preventable injuries show how greater care needs to be taken when handling fireworks," said Dr. Greg Lakin KDHE Medical Officer. 

“The fun that we can have with fireworks should not outweigh the safety precautions that must be observed to avoid injuries," Lakin added.

Wichita Police also wrote a total of 133 tickets, each a $250 fine to anyone who shooting off illegal fireworks over the holiday weekend

KDHE reports that the injuries ranged between 5 to 17-year-olds and 18 to 44-year olds. They also said that 63% percent of fireworks injuries involved males.

Sedgwick county received more than 1,400 calls over the holiday weekend. A total of 22 unmarked cars were out patrolling the streets for illegal fireworks.