State Fire Marshal: Leave fireworks to the professionals

By WEEK Reporter

State Fire Marshal: Leave fireworks to the professionals

June 28, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminded Illinois residents on Friday about the dangers of using fireworks.

OSFM says that even smaller fireworks such as sparklers and firecrackers burn at a temperatures of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third degree burns.

In Illinois last year, 259 fireworks related incidents were reported, which resulted in nearly $600,000 losses.

The National Fire Protection Association shows that each 4th of July, thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks. Most of those injured are children between 5 to 14 years old.

OSFM reminds the public that in Illinois it is illegal to possess, purchase or use consumer fireworks without a consumer display permit obtained from local authorities.

Those caught with consumer fireworks in Illinois without the display permit could be arrested.