OLATHE, Kan. - Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand in hand, but local fire officials hope you leave the explosions to the professionals.
The Olathe Fire Department gave us a first-hand look at the damage fireworks can cause. They say 72 percent of fireworks injures last year in Kansas happened from July 3 to the 5.
This is despite the fact that fireworks are actually illegal in many area cities.
“Be sure you check with your local jurisdiction to see what is and isn't allowed. In Olathe, the sale use and possession of all fireworks is prohibited. We recommend you go to a public display like the one we're having July 4th at the Great Mall of the Great Plains," Olathe Fire Department’s Captain Mike Hall said.
Local health officials say a majority of firework related injuries come from sparklers. Some can burn as hot as lava.