Health officials fear more injuries with fireworks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials in Utah want to ensure the state’s new fireworks laws don’t result in more injuries. The Utah Department of Health says in a news release that there were 512 emergency room visits statewide between 1999 and 2009 for injuries due to fireworks. The majority were to children ages 5 to 14. Changes in state laws now make it legal to use fireworks from June 26 to July 26. A new type of aerial firework that can shoot as high as 150 feet also is now legal. Firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, single or reloadable mortars and ground salutes are still illegal. The Utah State Fire Marshal is urging extra caution and notes that children under 16 are not allowed to handle or light fireworks.

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