State AG urges firework safety ahead of July 4th
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging West Virginians to be safe this July 4th by avoiding illegal fireworks.
Morrisey says that fireworks should be left to professionals and that West Virginians can celebrate with sparklers or other legal novelty items. Those item allowed under state law include snakes and glow worms, noisemakers, snappers and smoke balls.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says six people were killed by professional, homemade or banned firework devices in 2012, and an estimated 8,700 people were taken to the hospital for fireworks-related injuries.
Even with consumer fireworks accidents can happen. Officials say injuries can be reduced by having water nearby, not using the items indoors and throwing, running with or waving sparklers.