Don’t try to relight fireworks that didn’t go off, firefighter says

Fireworks safety

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - What do you do if your fireworks don't go off?

According to Watertown Fire Battalion Chief James Holland, 6,000 people are injured due to fireworks each year.

Most of the injuries happen to children.

Holland also says fireworks cause about 13,000 fires annually.

If fireworks don't ignite, Holland says to have water ready to go.

"First and foremost, if you have fireworks that don't ignite for whatever reason, or don't take off, don't try to relight them again," Holland said. "Don't try to reuse them. Put them in a bucket of water, soak them in a bucket of water overnight before you even do anything, because it still may go off -- just make sure just be as safe as you can."

Holland also recommends to light fireworks more than 30 feet away from buildings that could catch fire.

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