Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – As mentioned, fireworks are a Fourth of July staple, but they can be very dangerous when used incorrectly. An Eau Claire Deputy Fire Chief says he’s seen many burns, and people losing fingers because they weren’t careful.

Cody Junker with Fireworks Liquidators says they can be great fun if you use them correctly. That includes following all directions, knowing your surroundings and being sober. 

“Fireworks are an explosive so, yeah, they are fun to use, fun to play with, fun to enjoy and watch but also you have to show them respect too and be careful.”

The fire department says one of the most common injuries is burns from sparklers. They also remind you to check the local laws regarding fireworks.