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Firework safety

Millions living in Florida are getting ready to shoot off fireworks for the fourth of July, but the state is asking people to be careful.
The Department of Agriculture reports that fireworks send close to 5,000 people to the hospital each year.

While there is a state law that bans fireworks that fly through the air or explode, there is a loophole.
Rockets can be bought for "agricultural purposes," like scaring birds and other animals from crops.

But no matter what they are used for, the Department of Agriculture says that along with keeping yourself safe, fireworks can cause plants and houses to catch fire in an instant.
"Fireworks, obviously, are firepower. When you shoot a firework off it can land on your roof of your house, it can land in the brush of your yard, so we really encourage people to watch out for that when they're using fireworks," said Erin Gillespie, with FDA.

The state's Fire Marshall says if you do come across a dud firework to douse it in water.