PIO Number: 18-6-19

Date: June 27, 2018


WHEN: 11 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2018 

WHERE: Broward Fire Academy

2600 S.W. 71st Terrace, Davie

With the Fourth of July holiday only days away, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation will demonstrate the dangers of fireworks and the destruction they can cause.

Monday's media demonstration at the Broward Fire Academy will feature the explosive hazards of illegal fireworks and improperly used legal sparklers that can result in injury, fires and even death. Mannequins and melons will be used as subjects for the demonstration.

In Florida, there are few legal consumer fireworks and even legal fireworks can be a safety risk. For instance, sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit at the tip -- that's hot enough to cause severe burns or permanent disfigurement. As for which kind of fireworks are illegal in Florida -- if it flies (becomes airborne) or explodes, it's illegal.

Fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires annually in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. On a typical Independence Day, more fires are reported than on any other day.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 250 people seek medical treatment at emergency rooms daily from fireworks-related injuries in the days leading up to the July 4th holiday.

The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation and Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal's Bureau also conduct inspections of roadside fireworks stands. Another important safety item to consider is celebratory gunfire. Firing a gun in the air is not only against the law, it's extremely dangerous. Remember, falling bullets kill.

                                                                                                     THIS REPORT BY:

                                                                                                     Battalion Chief Michael Kane/PIO

                                                                                                     06/27/18    1100

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 595 to Davie Road, head south on Davie Road. Turn right (west) on Nova Drive/S.W. 24th Street. Turn left (south) on S.W. 71st Terrace. Follow road into the fire academy

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