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Fire Service Industry News: Howard County Fire and Police Officials Urge Safety on July 4th

Howard County fire and police officials are encouraging residents and businesses to keep their celebrations safe and lawful this July 4th holiday. In Howard County, the sale, possession, and use of ground-based sparklers is prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,000. Party poppers, ignitable “snakes” and “snap ’n’ pops”, and handheld sparklers remain legal. Handheld sparkers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which can cause significant injuries, according to the National Fire Protection agency (NFPA). According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 200 people throughout the U.S. go the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries on days su...

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