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Trauma surgeon talks firework injuries

Posted: 11:38 AM, Jul 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-04 05:09:50Z

With America's birthday just a day away - officials are warning people of the dangers that come with dealing with fireworks.

Trauma Surgeon, Doctor Bellal Joseph, says in 2017 he saw more firework injuries than in his entire ten years at the hospital. 

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In 2017 - seven people were admitted into the trauma center. "When it comes to firework injuries it's really, the burns." 

Doctor Joseph says illegal fireworks cause the most injuries. 

The most common legal fireworks that cause injury are bottle rockets and sparklers, but often, people think they're the safest. 

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"The other significant event is people place fireworks in glass, metal objects or pieces of concrete. When those things erupt with the fire work - the pieces fly, and that's where a lot of people get injured. Not just the fire work itself," says Dr. Joseph. 

Two common areas affected by fireworks are hands and eyes. 

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