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:**
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That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers say that's a problem that can be solved.
In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.
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