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Fire Department: Say no to fireworks

Evanston fire officials are reminding residents that the sale, use, or possession of all fireworks, including sparklers, is illegal in Evanston.

Division Chief Tom Janetske and Captain Geoff Block show fireworks confiscated Monday.

Evanston fire officials are reminding residents that the sale, use, or possession of all fireworks, including sparklers, is illegal in Evanston.

Division Chief Tom Janetske and Captain Geoff Block show fireworks confiscated Monday.

Fire investigators Monday confiscated nearly 100 pounds of illegal fireworks from local retailers. The store owners were issued citations. The illegal materials will be taken to a secure location and destroyed by technicians.

Investigators will continue to survey retailers and investigate any who may be selling illegal fireworks.

The National Fire Protection Association reported last year over 9,800 injuries and 32,000 fires occurred from the use of fireworks. Of these incidents, 75 percent occurred between June 23 and July 23. Despite the dangers of fireworks, many people don’t understand the risks. Sparklers alone can burn at up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Fire Department urges parents to educate children about the dangers of fireworks and encourages people who want to see a fireworks display to view the professional fireworks show on July 4th at the Evanston lakefront.

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