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Updated: 06/04/2015 06:39:49PM

Officials: Celebrate independence with care

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Two years ago, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people who were injured by fireworks, according to the most recent data from the National Fire Protection Association.

Although there haven’t been any serious issues in the area recently, local officials say the statistics should be a reminder for users to take extra precautions when dealing with the small explosive devices.

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