Feds Demonstrate The 7 Most Common Fireworks Safety Incidents

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - Looking forward to a spectacular and safe Independence Day?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is too.   That's why they held their annual fireworks safety event on the National Mall today in Washington.

They demonstrated seven different firework scenarios they've seen in the past year that caused severe injuries, even death.  

An explosives expert emphasized the importance of purchasing consumer approved fireworks, rather than cheaper, unregulated ones.

"They should be aware that there are also illegally manufactured explosive devices that are sold from some of the same locations that consumer fireworks are sold from. The differences, again, will be there will likely be a fuse or waxy type item that leads towards the device itself. There will be less likely any type of manufacturing directions or manufacturing directions and consumers should avoid those."
 
While consumer-approved fireworks can result serious injury, the CPSC says illegal or homemade fireworks typically cause more severe damage.

The CPSC says exploding illegal products led to all four reported fireworks-related deaths last year.

If you are planning on setting off your own display, the CPSC has some helpful hints on its website.

Here are a just a few of those things to keep in mind.
Set fireworks on a flat and dry surface.
Never bend over devices while lighting them.
Don't ever pick up a dud, leave it be.
And always have water on hand, just in case.

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