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Dangers of playing with fireworks outlined by physicians, bomb squad reps


PITTSBURGH - Officials are warning people about the dangers involved in using fireworks in preparation of the Fourth of July.

Friday morning, physicians with the burn center from UPMC Mercy Hospital stressed the importance of firework safety.

The city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County bomb squad also did a demonstration using watermelons to show just how powerful fireworks can be.

UPMC Mercy Hospital sees about 30 people on the Fourth of July for firework related injuries.

According to officials, the best way to stay safe with fireworks is to let a professional do it.

People are also advised not to touch a firework if you find one and never try making your own or tampering with fireworks you buy.

UPMC representatives said the injuries associated with fireworks include loss of vision and loss of limbs.