Officials urge safety if you are setting off fireworks

Fireworks season is in full swing with many people setting off the devices in anticipation of Independence Day. But emergency officials warn you to be careful in your celebrations.

Capt. Mike Wilson with the Columbus Fire Department explains that the most common fireworks cause the most injuries.

Wilson said that bottle rockets and other projectiles are frequently the cause of eye or facial injuries. But the most common injury is damage to hands and fingers caused by firecrackers.

Even the lowly sparkler reaches temperatures hot enough to melt glass.

Parents should be especially vigilant if they are allowing their children to be around fireworks. And they should avoid distractions that could keep them from noticing potential danger.