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Experts Warn Of The Dangers Of Fireworks

Heat and chemicals cause serious injuries, along with flying projectiles.


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As the Fourth of July approaches, experts are putting out warnings about the dangers of fireworks.

UTHealth Opthamologist Dr. Lauren Blieden sees a lot of eye injuries related to fireworks, everything from minor burns to total loss of eyesight.

Blieden says some of the injuries are caused by heat and chemicals. Other people get hurt by flying debris.

“There are a whole bunch of these little tiny projectiles that go off in all different directions, and if you have your spectators sitting too close to the fireworks display, or you’re not wearing proper safety equipment, those come off really fast and really hot.”

And if you set off a rocket and it doesn’t launch, Blieden says you should keep your distance.

“A lot of injuries that we see, even in people who are taking appropriate precautions, are people who go to check on things that haven’t gone off the way they’re supposed to.”

And Blieden adds that a lot of accidents come as the result of someone mixing fireworks with alcohol.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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