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Despite laws, fireworks injuries rising nationally

Fireworks go off at this West Fargo residence in this 2014 file photo.

FARGO—The Fourth of July is here and that means celebration, good food and fireworks can be expected throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

With good fun comes the risk of injuries and individuals who disobey the law.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the use of sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers are legal. But the use of anything that flies and explodes is illegal. That includes firecrackers, mortars and shells, bottle rockets and roman candles.

The fireworks laws in North Dakota seem to differ by city, with a few municipalities allowing people to fire off from July 1 through the Fourth of July during certain hours.

Regardless of laws in place, injuries haven't done anything but rise nationally according to the 2017 annual report done by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Both North Dakota and Minnesota have had a share of serious injuries as a result of illegal or faulty fireworks and misuse over the last several years.

North Dakota Fire Marshal Doug Nelson advises these tips when it comes to shooting fireworks on Independence Day.

  • Monitor children when shooting your fireworks
  • Never reignite a "dud"
  • Dispose of fireworks in a bucket of water
  • Fire away from trees and houses
  • Never point fireworks at people or animals

Here are all the injuries nationally from June 16, 2017 to July 16, 2017. The estimated totals of fireworks-related injuries in this period is 8,700.

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