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Jun 27, 2015 9:59 AM

NH fire marshal officials encourage firework safety for July 4

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Officials from the New Hampshire fire marshal's office are urging residents and visitors alike to use caution in buying and using fireworks as the July 4th holiday weekend approaches.

Officials encourage people to buy their fireworks through licensed retail stores in the state and to purchase only the quantity they think they will use.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that on a typical July 4, more fires are reported nationwide than on any other day — with fireworks accounting for half of those fires. In 2011, the association says, fireworks caused about 17,800 fires resulting in $32 million in property damage.

The most recent report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that 11,400 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries — up 2,700 from 2012.

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