The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reminding everyone using fireworks this July 4th holiday to do so safely.
An annual firework safety demonstration was held on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
It consisted of examples of dangerous fireworks situations, like losing an eye due to bottle rockets, burning clothing with sparklers and fatal explosions caused by fireworks.
All of the demonstrations used mannequins or watermelons to demonstrate the power of explosives.
If you will be using fireworks in your celebrations, it is strongly suggested that you keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
Also, stay away from people, store fireworks in cool, dry places and do not approach fireworks that have failed to ignite.
Laws on fireworks are decided by individual states. Ohio only allows the use of sparklers and novelty fireworks, while West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow CPSC consumer-approved fireworks.
Check with local officials, because many areas are banning fireworks altogether due to dry conditions and the chance of starting a fire.