The 4th of July is typically a time for Americans to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and is generally thought of as the birthday of the United States of America.

One of the ways we celebrate is with some amazing fireworks displays, professional displays that are produced by private companies, towns, and villages; and amateur fireworks displays that happen in neighborhoods across the country. Unfortunately, sometimes those fireworks displays don't turn out as planned and the local fire department has to get involved. It seems Buffalo is no different as there have been almost two dozen calls to the Buffalo Fire Department for fireworks-related fires.

According to reporting by WKBW-TV, the Buffalo Fire Department responded to at least 21 calls that were the result of home fireworks.

  • There were multiple garbage totes and dumpsters that caught fire due to what a fire department spokesperson called the improper disposal of fireworks.
  • In addition to that, there were large building fires on Smith Street and on North Division Street, both located in the Emslie Neighborhood of Buffalo.
  • There were also at least 3 unidentified people who have suffered serious burns due to fireworks. Two of the people are still being treated at the Erie County Medical Center, and the 3rd person was treated and released.
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There has been a large increase in the use of fireworks in our neighborhoods since New York State had loosened the rules around what fireworks are legal in the State. There are now hundreds of places that you can legally acquire fireworks in New York, but there is also a large list of fireworks that remain illegal in the state.

Fireworks safety is extremely important, please make sure you take the appropriate precautions to keep you and your family safe.

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