UTICA, N.Y. --- First responders expecting a busy 4th of July weekend. As law enforcement expects an increase in complaint calls, State fire officials are urging those that do use fireworks to be safe.
New York State Fireman's Association Secretary John Alessandro said the months of June and July is where they see the most of their injuries.
"A sparkler can burn up to 2,000 degrees. You can imagine the types of accidents both personal injury and property accidents when children are running around with sparklers if they get too close to another child," said Alessandro.
Law Enforcement making it clear over the week the use of illegal fireworks (Aerial devices) will not be tolerated across the community. The Oneida County Sheriff's department seizing a truckload of illegal fireworks from minors. A reminder that there are penalties if you're caught with illegal fireworks.
"The sale of illegal fireworks is a B misdemeanor and the mere possession of fireworks is a violation. We are addressing and putting our most stringent concerns ou. Proactive patrols things of that nature to try and address any and all fireworks calls," said Sgt Michael Curley.
Legal fireworks are sparklers and sparkling devices that remain on the ground.