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Fireworks: How safe are they?

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Many of people might be heading to the beach to see colorful explosions in the sky in the next couple of days.

While many will go out to see fireworks, thousands will light up their streets with fireworks they bought; but it's not always safe?

9 On Your Side dug into some common misconceptions about firework dangers.

A 2012 annual fireworks report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 5,200 were injured by fireworks from June 22, 2011 – July 22, 2011.

Burns make up more than half of firework related injuries; however, hands, face, and fingers are the second most common body parts hurt.

While many might think large fireworks are leading cause of injuries, sparklers cause the most firework related injuries.

People who buy fireworks say it's all about safety.

" I've seen somebody throw a firecracker and it went off in somebody's mouth. If you're not safe about it you're going to get hurt. That's anything not just fireworks," said firework buyer Joe Weigand

"We always use a longer lighter in doing anything, to be way away from it, so if it does go off, you're not standing too close to it. So, that is what I started doing," said firework buyer Dennis Allen.

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