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Brush Fire Caused By Fireworks A Reminder To Be Safe This Weekend (AUDIO/PHOTOS)

Jasper (NNDC) – A small late night brush fire on Jasper’s far northside Wednesday caused no real damage, but it did prompt a reminder from local fire officials about being safe when using or being around fireworks this weekend.

The fire in the 1400 of West 47th Street happened at about 11PM when a bottle rocket landed in a field just west of a home where a small group of people were using fireworks.

Jasper Fire Chief Ken Hochgesang says people using fireworks need to keep an eye on them even keep track of burnt embers coming back to the ground…

The Indiana State Department of Health says each year, more firework-related injuries are reported on Independence Day than any other day. In 2015, 47 percent (85 cases) of the total number of reported cases occurred on Independence Day. Last year, 181 firework-related injuries were reported to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the highest number of firework-related injuries since 2006.

Here are some firework-related injury statistics from ISDH:

· More than one-third of all reported firework-related injuries involved individuals 18 years of age and younger.
· The average age of all injured persons was 24.5 years old; ages ranged from 1 to 78.
· Hand and/or finger injuries accounted for 43 percent of firework-related injuries.
· Firecrackers, rockets and aerial devices accounted for 47 percent of injuries.
· Malfunctioning or mishandling of fireworks accounted for 58 percent of reported cases.

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