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July 3, 2002
IT'S NOT YET the Fourth of July and sparks are flying. But not in a good way. Teen-agers trying out a new kind of jumbo sparkler legally available for the first time in Maryland aren't taking the time to read the instructions. And the consequences have been significant: An Abingdon house was set ablaze and destroyed, a front porch in Hagerstown burned, a barn in Cecil County caught fire. Kids are lighting the sparklers while riding in cars and then tossing them out the windows. But these big sparklers are ground-based fireworks, which means you're not supposed to hold them -- or throw them.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
A 9-year-old boy was badly burned over half of his body in Garrett County on the Fourth of July after a sparkler set fire to his shirt. The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was in critical condition in Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh with burns over 50 percent of his body on his chest, neck and arms. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said in a news release that the boy was injured at about 10 a.m. Friday while camping at Savage State Forest in Swanton.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer | June 30, 1994
The Fourth of July is several days away, but a Bel Air family already found out this week how dangerous sparklers can be when a spark from one ignited fabrics in a bedroom of their home and caused $3,000 damage.Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said a 13-year-old resident of the 100 block of Regent Drive had lighted several sparklers in his bedroom about 10 p.m. Sunday. Minutes later, thinking the sparklers were extinguished, the youth threw them into a trash can and left the room.
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By John Houser III, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
For those of us who grew up in Baltimore, cantaloupe brings back memories of the a-rabs walking down the street with their horse-drawn carts bellowing in that wonderful sing-song cadence to come out for fruit. Going out with my mother to buy fruit (and to water and pet the horse) was always a treat, especially knowing that we'd come home with a cantaloupe. My mother liked it plain with a little salt "to bring out the sweetness," and it was my introduction to the beautiful interplay between sweet and savory.
NEWS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Staff Writer | July 4, 1992
NORTH EAST -- Charles "Bud" Shivery won't light one sparkler today. He's already had his fill of sparklers for this July Fourth.Mr. Shivery heads the Elkton Sparkler Co., the family-owned and -operated company near this Cecil County town that until the mid-1980s was the world's largest maker of sparklers.Mr. Shivery, his two sons and their 50 to 60 employees have worked since September producing the sparklers that millions of Americans will wave in celebration of this most patriotic of holidays.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2005
Area fireflies - you're about to be so shown up. For sale under highway tents across the region are mini pyros, electric eggs, fun snaps and rainbow fountains. There are also colored snakes, glow worms, killer bees, the party keg, and the night club. And, if you think you can handle it, the Full Bore. For $39.99, the Full Bore promises to light up your night with "over two minutes of ... colors, crackles, glitter, sprays and whistles." Sparklers on a stick? Only if you're old-school.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2003
Verbal sparks flew at a County Council hearing last night on whether Howard County should be exempt from state fireworks laws that last year began allowing large, ground-based sparklers in Maryland. Fireworks industry lobbyists and a Virginia business owner argued that making more sparklers available reduces injuries and the use of illegal explosives around July 4, but Howard's police and fire chiefs supported a bill backed by the council's three Democrats and County Executive James N. Robey that would make only small hand-held sparklers legal again.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Howard County joined three other Baltimore-area communities in prohibiting the sale and possession of ground-display fireworks after the three Democratic councilmen voted in favor of the ban at last night's County Council meeting. The 3-1 vote came after an amendment proposed by Councilman Allan H. Kittleman to restrict the sale of ground sparklers to those over age 18 was rejected. The western county Republican registered the only vote against the ban. Ellicott City-Elkridge Republican Christopher J. Merdon was absent.
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By Winyan Soo Hoo and Winyan Soo Hoo,Special to baltimoresun.com | June 21, 2005
As the July Fourth holiday approaches, Howard County police and fire officials warned today of new efforts to crack down on the use of illegal ground-based sparklers. Authorities said they are contacting county retailers to ensure that such fireworks are not sold. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $250. The agencies are also posting fliers in communities to educate citizens about a law passed by the Howard County Council in 2003 prohibiting the sale, possession and use of ground-based sparklers in response to safety risks associated with the devices, police said.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2002
As Independence Day approaches, Maryland firefighters are bracing themselves for a potential surge of fireworks-related injuries. A new state law has made a certain type of larger sparkler legal, which has led to fireworks stands springing up around Baltimore. It has also spurred apprehension in area fire investigators. "We're preparing for the worst," said Anne Arundel Fire Capt. Allen Graves. "It's something new, and with any kind of firework you don't know what's going to happen until you light them," said Graves.
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By Jennifer Lynch | July 3, 2012
I love the Fourth of July. It's the kick-off to summer, marked by parades and fireworks, mosquito bites and snowballs. The honeysuckle bushes bloom, sweetening the hot, sticky air and mixing with the hickory from backyard barbecues. In Catonsville, the Fourth of July means lawn chairs and Mummers and firetrucks filled with candy. It is a time when we stroll down Montrose Avenue, celebrating another year and reconnecting with old friends. We shake the hands of politicians and cheer for our favorite floats.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
With the Fourth of July only a few weeks away, it's time to think about the safe use of Maryland legal fireworks. If your holiday plans include using sparklers or ground-based fountains, always remember the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks (www.fireworkssafety.org): •Never let small children use fireworks of any kind. •Be sure to closely supervise older children when they light fireworks. •Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Designate a sober adult to light the fireworks.
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Kevin Cowherd | July 3, 2011
It may be the Fourth of July, but if you're a sports fan in this town looking for emotional fireworks, you're definitely out of luck. Let's look at how things are going for the big players around here. The Orioles are dropping in the win column with all the restraint of a safe thrown from a 20th-floor window. The NFL lockout grinds on, to the point where the Ravens have canceled training camp in Westminster, depriving their fans of the annual summer ritual of baking in 95-degree heat to watch their heroes and fantasize about the coming season.
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By Rebekah Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
SHREWSBURY, Pa. — A bold warning adorns the outside of the Phantom Fireworks showroom just over the Maryland line: "Pennsylvania residents not permitted entry. " But Marylanders are most certainly welcome here. The parking lot is typically full of cars bearing Maryland license plates, and with shoppers filling up their trunks with fireworks with names like the "New York Salute" and the "Lock and Load. " The explosives can be purchased in Pennsylvania but not used there, hence the ban on state residents from entering the store.
EXPLORE
June 22, 2011
With the Fourth of July around the corner — and packages of colorful sparklers starting to appear in stores and roadside tents — it's time to think about fireworks safety. Here are a few tips that people should remember: • Fireworks should only be used outdoors. • Parents should not permit young children to handle or use fireworks including sparklers. • Always wear safety glasses when using any fireworks. • Drop spent sparkler sticks into a bucket of water.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2010
Show your red, white and blue Come rain or hail or heat of day (or black of night), nothing stops Americans from waving their flags every July Fourth holiday. Baltimore-area patriots have plenty of choices this year, with parades and fireworks displays set for Saturday and Sunday in Baltimore, Catonsville, Dundalk, Havre de Grace and Towson, among other places. For more information, check the July Fourth listings on Page . Pet parade For a different kind of marching experience altogether, bring your ambulatory pet down to the American Visionary Art Museum for a Pet Parade, complete with prizes for such accomplishments as best costume, most patriotic, least likely to succeed as a pet (hopefully, no rattlesnakes show up, but you never know)
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,Sun reporter | July 3, 2007
GLEN ROCK, Pa. -- Joe Porach struggles through a narrow door into a sun-baked parking lot, his brawny arms laden with his haul for the Fourth of July. Snakes, candles, fountains, rockets, missiles and mortars. Fireworks Safety tips and laws for nearby states. PG 6A Safety tips Be sure other people are out of range before lighting any fireworks. Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials. Light only one firework at a time.
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June 22, 2011
With the Fourth of July around the corner — and packages of colorful sparklers starting to appear in stores and roadside tents — it's time to think about fireworks safety. Here are a few tips that people should remember: • Fireworks should only be used outdoors. • Parents should not permit young children to handle or use fireworks including sparklers. • Always wear safety glasses when using any fireworks. • Drop spent sparkler sticks into a bucket of water.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter | June 27, 2008
A deputy state fire marshal lit the fuse of an M-100 explosive, and a colleague shouted: "Fire in the hole." Seconds later, a synthetic hand was half blown to bits as part of a demonstration by fire marshals and doctors. Each year, they aim to prevent injuries over the July Fourth holiday by emphasizing the dangers associated with handling fireworks. Yesterday's demonstration, which also included a hard-boiled egg (think human eye) taking the brunt of a small exploding firecracker and a shirt rapidly engulfed in sparkler-induced flames, was organized by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Metropolitan Fire Chief's Council and the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,Sun reporter | July 3, 2007
GLEN ROCK, Pa. -- Joe Porach struggles through a narrow door into a sun-baked parking lot, his brawny arms laden with his haul for the Fourth of July. Snakes, candles, fountains, rockets, missiles and mortars. Fireworks Safety tips and laws for nearby states. PG 6A Safety tips Be sure other people are out of range before lighting any fireworks. Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials. Light only one firework at a time.
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