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Over 300 fireworks-related injuries and fires in 2013


There were 341 fireworks-related injuries and fires reported to the state Fire Marshal’s Office by fire departments and hospitals in 2013. According to a news release, the majority of these incidents occurred on July 4, with demographic trends indicating that the highest number of injuries were sustained by males 36 years and older.

The incidents of greatest concern:

• 102 fires resulted in $2 million in damage and property loss. A fire at a boat storage facility, housing multiple vessels resulted in $1.5 million in damages — or 75 percent of the total loss.

• 51 injuries were caus...

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