Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Firework Safety: Fire Departments Urge Caution

Play associated audio
Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers speaks behind a collection of illegal fireworks.
Matt Bush
Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers speaks behind a collection of illegal fireworks.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers says they see this nearly every Fourth of July, except replace the fruit with human body parts, like hands or feet.

"Fireworks are dangerous, and very unpredictable. Especially in the hands of minors and amateurs," he says.

The legality of fireworks differs in just about every jurisdiction in the D.C. region, but they are illegal in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland, and in the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia. NBC Washington has a list of legal and illegal fireworks throughout the region.

**Using a watermelon, a simulation shows the dangers of fireworks:**
NPR

What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
NPR

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
WAMU 88.5

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."
NPR

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.