Firefighters warn against fireworks for New Year’s Eve

Fireworks (WDTN Photo)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – New Year’s Eve is a day away, and so are the celebrations.

If residents plan to welcome 2016 with a bang, firefighters say think twice before setting off fireworks.

Residents should know you can’t use fireworks in the first place. This is because in Ohio those lights in the sky are illegal for individuals to purchase or use in the state.

Cities and organizations however can purchase and set off fireworks with permits.

“There’s an obvious danger with using fireworks and not only that, but several thousand emergency department visits occur each year because of fireworks related injuries, particularly to children under the age of 4,” Lt. Douglas Baumgartner explained.

Residents can purchase novelty items, like sparklers, but authorities say even those come with some danger if you’re not careful.

Moraine firefighters say if you buy these legal items, you need to know the risk involved.

They expect with the warmer than normal temperatures, families may be outdoors for their activities, which could include the use of sparklers or snakes.

“Even the novelty items can cause injuries such as sparklers which can range of temperatures to 1000 and 30000 degrees, which in the hands of a child or even an adult can cause quite a bit of injury,” the lieutenant said.

If for some reason an injury happens, authorities say call 911 immediately.

“First thing to do with the fire is out either with the stop, drop, and roll technique or putting clothing under cold water and if the person has a burn if it’s a small area the most immediate thing to do is put it under cold water,” the firefighter advised. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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