TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo Fire Marshal Jason Cross said we are entering the time of year when many firework accidents occur.
Cross said residents need to be careful with fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
“Follow the direction on the boxes,” he said. “Never leave small children unattended with fireworks. Keep a small bucket of water and fire extinguisher handy and be mindful of your surroundings."
Cross said he expects calls about people with burn injuries due to fireworks and the possibility of grass fires.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 people were taken to the emergency room in 2018 for firework-related injuries.
Sixty-two percent of those injuries happened in a one-month span, including the Fourth of July.