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Experts say adults should handle the fireworks

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Fourth of July fireworks are fun... until someone gets hurt.

"We were actually shooting them at each other," says Billy, an adult who says he did that when he was younger. He suffered second degree burns on his arm.

Now in his neighborhood off E. Washington Street, it's safety first. As they light up a package labeled "M5000 with 250 shots", Matt Manners makes sure everyone is standing back.

It's legal to shoot them off on private property until midnight on the 4th, but kids must be supervised by an adult.

Last year, according to the State Health Department, one-third of Indiana fireworks injuries were to hands and fingers. Last year, one person died, one lost a leg.

Casey Smallwood said he tries to get as far away as possible. "This can be fun but dangerous at the same time." It's a message adults in his family try to drive home.

Heather and Terrie Bline say it's dangerous. "It's very dangerous and they have to know that right from the start.They kill people, hurt people. And it's not something to be done by themselves."

"Parents have to be around," says Heather. "We want to know what's going on."

At Wishard ER, they're ready to treat fireworks wounds including those from sparklers.

"They're dangerous for kids," says Dr. Emily Yu. "Lots of running around. Definitely the potential for burns, for puncture injuries. We really urge parents not to let their children handle any fireworks at all."

Don't light multiple fireworks at once, Dr. Yu says, and have water ready. She also says you should never light "dud" fireworks. "It if doesn't go off, don't try to light it again."

Back at the picnic, Terrie summed it up. "Nobody wants to spend July 4th in the hospital."

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