BSO officials demonstrate consequences of fireworks, sparklers

DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Experts from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and Fire Rescue demonstrated fireworks safety less than a week before the Fourth of July.

BSO’s Bomb Squad and Fire Rescue divisions partnered with the Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation, Wednesday morning, to demonstrate the dangers of fireworks. According to officials, fireworks are illegal in Florida, though sparklers remain legal.

“Leave it to the trained professionals, let them handle it,” said Mike Jachles of the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Department. “When it comes to fireworks, safe and sane fireworks don’t exist.”

This annual demonstration involved officials blowing up mannequins and watermelons at the Broward Fire Academy, which showed how mishandling sparklers and illegal fireworks can lead to injury.

Though sparklers are legal, they too can be dangerous, according to BSO. The sparklers can get as hot as 1,200 degrees.

Fire rescue officials are urging parents to heavily supervise their children during the Fourth of July. “The problem is things go very wrong, very fast with fireworks,” said BSO Fire Rescue official Mike Jachles, “and no 911 system could possibly respond when something like that happens that quickly.”

Jachles added he and other officials want families to enjoy the Fourth of July but in a responsible manner.


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