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New Hampshire fire marshal urges the public to use caution with fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's fire marshal is urging residents and visitors to use caution when celebrating with fireworks, citing national statistics that more fires are reported nationally on July 4th than on any other day of the year.

Fire Marshal William Degnan says fireworks account for half the fires during the Independence Day surge. He said in 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 fires nationwide and 11,400 injuries.

Degnan encouraged people to attend public fireworks displays put on by trained and licensed professionals rather than try to put on their own displays. The sale of fireworks in New Hampshire is legal, but some municipalities ban or strictly regulate their use.

Nashua fire officials say fireworks ignited the roof of a home there last year. Nashua is among those municipalities that ban fireworks.

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