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Fireworks danger & how to avoid it

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's the New Year's holiday weekend and many people celebrate with fireworks and some will get hurt.

Emergency responders say 11,000 people are injured each year and nearly half of those are 15-years-old or younger. Thousands are hurt each year being careless. Emergency responders say common sense should be the rule. "Make sure that you have plenty of space so that you don't trip over something trying to get away from the firework. Make sure that you have plenty of space between you and any buildings because starting a structure fire or a grassfire are some of the hazards," said Jim Pollard of AMR Ambulance Service.

Business was steady at area fireworks stands. Operators say nice weather should make for good business this weekend. "If the weather gets bad sometimes it slows down. So we're hoping for good weather. With it being warmer tomorrow, being around 75, I think we'll be alright though," said fireworks stand operator Jake Knapperberger.

Gail Stephens says shooting fireworks is an annual, family tradition but safety always comes first. "We always have adult supervision. Me, my sister and my mother and we have two grown nephews, they also are out there." Stephens said.

The old saying is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The prevention would be common sense as you go out and celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks. Fireworks are allowed in the city of Jackson but other municipalities have outlawed them. You can not legally shoot fireworks in Brandon, Clinton, Madison, Pearl or Ridgeland.

 Outside city limits in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties fireworks may legally be shot off.

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