7/3/2013 7:47 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged West Virginians to be safe on Thursday by avoiding illegal fireworks.
Morrisey said that fireworks should be left to the professionals and that residents can celebrate with sparklers and other legal novelty items.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that six people were killed by professional, homemade, or banned firework devices in 2012. An estimated 8,700 folks were taken to the hospital for firework-related injuries.
Even with consumer fireworks, accidents to happen. Officials said you can reduce injuries by keeping water nearby, only using the items outdoors, and avoid running, throwing, or waving sparklers.