Fireworks Safety

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POSTED: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 8:56am

HIDALGO COUNTY - Like the Fourth of July many here in the valley like to celebrate the New Year by displaying fireworks. 

Corporal Manny Casas of the Mission Police Department warns parents about the dangers, which kids can face when lighting fireworks. Casas says, "If you give them to a small kid who is not age appropriate and you give them fireworks that are dangerous, they can loose a finger, they can loose a hand, they can loose an eye, these fireworks are dangerous."

Casas also says the combination of drinking alcohol and lighting fireworks can lead to a dangerous scenario.  Police also warn the public against firing gunshots, this is a dangerous crime, which is becoming more prominent in the valley during the New Year's holiday.

Some of the most common injuries seen in emergency rooms are caused by sparklers and bottle rockets.  Fireworks can also ignite fires in dry land areas, especially in the valley.

Many cities throughout the RGV have city ordinances, which don't allow fireworks, if caught with fireworks you can face a hefty fine of up to $194.00 in places like the city of Mission.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for three mean suspected in the aggravated robberies of a pair of fireworks stands in Donna earlier this week.

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