Olathe Fire Department holds firework safety demonstration

By Alyson Bruner
KSHB – June 30, 2015

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Firefighters with the Olathe Fire Department put on a safety demonstration Monday to highlight the importance of safety when it comes to explosives.

In 2014, 47 perfect of the reported 158 fireworks-related injuries in Kansas occurred on July 4th, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures of up to 1800º Fahrenheit, which is as hot as volcano lava.

“People tend to view sparklers as the innocent type of fireworks, so when you hand them to a kid they assume their child is not gonna get hurt,” Jennifer Parks with the University of Kansas Hospital said.

The possession, sale and use of fireworks is prohibited in Olathe.

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