Minnesota's largest doctor group says the public should leave shooting fireworks to the professionals.
"On average 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July, from mid-June to mid-July," said Minnesota Medical Association President Cindy Firkins Smith. "his is the appropriate time to really start educating people about those risks.
A recent report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates nationally there were more than 11,400 injuries caused by fireworks last year-- up more than 30 percent, or 8,700, the year before. A third of those injuries were caused by sparklers.
The report also says that half of all fireworks-related injuries treated by emergency departments were to individuals younger than 20 years old.