BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It's that time of year again for the sights, sounds, and dangers of Independence Day. "You can posses no fireworks within New York State unless you have a license to posses them," Dan Walczak, the Erie County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad Commander, said. "Can only posess the snaps, snakes, or smoke bombs. No sparklers... they do look harmless but a sparkler is essentially a flaming metal rod that burns at about 1500 degrees fahrenheit."
Walczak is reminding people of the legalities and showing what a quarter stick of dynamite can do. "What we did was a detonation of a K1000 to show, to simulate if it went off in your hand," Walczak said. "If that was someone's hand you would look at... possibly the loss of that appendage and probably further damage."
Hospitals, like Women and Children's, say they often see dozens of patients coming in over the 4th of July weekend. "The burn injury to a child, the best thing to do is just flush it with water...and cover it with a dry gauss," Dr. Paula Mazur said.
Law enforcement reminds that you can be arrested and pay a high fine if caught with fireworks. "Sale and possesion of fireworks would be a misdemeanor in New York State... depending on the quantity and the resident could be pushed to a felony," Walczak said. "Enjoy your shows that are put on by your town that are run by licensed and trained...officials and enjoy it that way as oppose to possibly causing yourself some serious injury with fireworks that you purchase."
"We have a way in New York of having licensed displays by professionals with all the first aid and emergency services standing by, it's just a safer weekend," Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said.