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Which Fireworks Are Most Dangerous?

Last updated on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(UNDATED) - Safety leaders want you to be smart when it comes to setting off fireworks, especially with burn bans in place across much of the state.

Adrienne Broaddus of WISH TV reports that Johnson County commissioners on Tuesday asked people not to set off aerial fireworks . But those may not be the most dangerous types of fireworks in the dry conditions.

Surprisingly, sparklers top the list as most dangerous. It would only take a few seconds for a hot sparkler to ignite the dry grass.

"90 percent of your incidents involving fire related to fireworks are from children using sparklers," said Jimmy Busbin of Jake's Fireworks. "They will throw them down on the ground."

That's why it's important to celebrate the Fourth of July in a safe area and make sure to have a large bucket full of water to douse fireworks before disposing of them.

Busbin said aerial fireworks are actually more safe.

"They are designed to be out by the time they come back to the ground," he said, "whereas if you get things on the ground - because as dry as it is, it could cause a fire condition."

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