WARNS AGAINST “HARMLESS” FIREWORKS
Springfield, Ill.—Citing records of his office to show that sparklers caused two little girls to be burned to death in Illinois last Fourth of July, burned another severely and caused two fires, State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber has issued a warning through the press of the danger of supposedly harmless fireworks.
“Sparklers are represented to be absolutely safe, but the records of this and other states show that they have brought death and injury to numerous children and caused numerous fires,” he said. “While the shower of sparks may not be particularly dangerous, there is an intense burning at the center which ignites clothing, lace curtains and other inflammable material upon contact. Girls’ dresses are especially liable to catch fire. The Illinois casualties last year were due to this. False assurance of safety is one of the greatest dangers of sparklers. Parents allow mere babies to hold them. One of the victims last year was a three year old tot.”