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Fireworks Send 11,000 to Emergency Rooms, Feds Say
by MAGGIE FOX
Tuesday was a bad day to be a dummy or a watermelon.
The annual Consumer Products Safety Commission fireworks safety demonstration on the National Mall should give anyone a healthy respect for the explosives. The CPSC team blows the heads, arms and hands off mannequins to demonstrate the dangers of everyday fireworks sold at stands across the U.S. in June and July.
The climax comes when an M-1000 firework blasts a watermelon into smithereens.
Fireworks accidents sent more than 11,000 Americans to emergency rooms last year, two-thirds of them in the weeks before and after the July 4 holiday, the CPSC said Tuesday.
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The commission said 250 people on average end up in the ER with fireworks-related injuries every day in the month around July 4.
Related: 4th of July Fireworks Sales Hit New High
Most injuries are burns, and the fingers or hands are the most vulnerable as people handle bottle rockets, firecrackers and other explosives, the CPSC said in its annual report on fireworks injuries. But 900 of the
bad injuries were from sparklers, which smolder at very high temperatures and which should not be given to small children, the CPSC said.[Image: The Consumer Products Safety Commission uses mannequins to demonstrate what not to do with fireworks on July 4]
The Consumer Products Safety Commission uses a mannequin on June 27, 2017, to demonstrate what not to do with fireworks on July 4. NBC News
And horrific fireworks accidents killed at least four men last year, the CPSC said. One of them was 27-year-old Stephen Goodman of Douglas, Georgia — killed on New Year’s Day 2016 when he put a rocket in a tube upside-down and set it off over his head. “The firework exploded from the bottom and struck the victim in the neck. The victim suffered a large laceration to his neck,” the CPSC said.
The CPSC says 67 percent of the injuries happened when fireworks malfunctioned, going off too soon or blowing up in place or exploding sideways, for instance. A 28-year-old woman suffered burns over her chest when a friend lit a multiple-tube fireworks device and it fell over, shooting the blazing shells sideways, CPSC said.
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But improper use of fireworks can also injure innocent bystanders.
“In Case 20, a 29-year-old male and his family were outside lighting fireworks. The family across the street was doing the same thing as well,” the CPSC said.
“The neighbor family set up a mortar not on a flat level of plain but on a hill. The mortar fell over and shot across the street into the victim’s yard, right next to one of the victim’s young cousins. The victim picked his cousin up to shield her and the mortar went off,” the CPSC report said.
“The victim suffered burns on the left side of his face and neck. Moreover, some of the embers from the firework got into the victim’s left eye and caused blurred vision.”
26 dead, 20 injured in massacre
at rural Texas church in worst mass shooting in state's history
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A 14-year-old daughter of the pastor of a Baptist church in rural Texas was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church Sunday morning, the father told ABC News.
Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child,” her father, pastor Frank Pomeroy, said.
The girl, whose full name is Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, was her father's youngest daughter and died along with other church members, according to Frank Pomeroy, who spoke to ABC News.
The pastor said he was in Oklahoma this morning when the shooter opened fire in his church, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.Church Shooting Continue
'Simply Un-American:' Protest Grows Over Motel 6 Sharing Guest Lists With ICE
JOSEPH FLAHERTY | SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 | 1:03PM
Backlash from Phoenix New Times' revelation that Motel 6 employees coordinated with immigration officers intensified Friday, not only here but around the nation. Community groups and legislators denounced the practice outside one of the locations that repeatedly turned over guest lists to ICE.
In Phoenix, with the blue-and-red “6” emblem behind them, speakers called for a boycott of the company and spoke of betrayal across the street from one of the two motels, located at 1530 North 52nd Drive, where ICE arrested 20 or more guests.
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