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       The Fourth of July is meant to be a fun and safe holiday. The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind residents that fireworks awareness and prevention are important issues to discuss with your family. It is important to mention that ALL fireworks are illegal in the state of New York. The possession, use, or sale of fireworks, including sparklers, is a violation of New York State Penal Law, and may be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony. Parents should talk with their children about the destructive outcomes that can occur from playing with fireworks.

        The Fourth of July Fireworks, although popular, can be extremely harmful. Fireworks statistics show that...

In 2015, eleven people died using fireworks, and an estimated 11,900 people were taken to the hospital with fireworks-related injuries. About 67 percent of those injuries occurred in the 30 days before and after July Fourth celebrations, which should come as a reminder to everyone who handles fireworks of the extreme dangers.

Teenagers ages 15-19 had the highest rate of injuries, followed by children ages 5 to 9 years of age.

The majority of injuries occur t the hands and fingers followed by the head, face and ears.

         There are many licensed professionals that perform fireworks presentations for the public. Attending a fireworks display is a fun and safe way to enjoy the holiday. The Long Beach Police Department would like to wish the residents of Long Beach a happy and safe July Fourth holiday.