COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — With no burn bans in effect, fireworks are allowed this year but the College Station Fire Department has a warning for those wanting to celebrate 2014 with a light show.
"Those can lead to some pretty devastating fires and injuries so we just want to make sure people have a fun but safe New Year celebration."
Christina Seidel with CSFD says every year, on average, 8,000 people will find themselves in the emergency room due to injuries caused by celebrations gone wrong.
Seidel said, "Sparklers, I know we talk about those a lot, but they can burn up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which can cause third degree burns and those burns can lead to permanent scars, vision loss. It's damaging and will last for life."
Seidel says if you have to have fireworks on Tuesday to ring in the New Year make sure you have a bucket of water on-hand, don't leave children unattended with the fireworks and remember; it's illegal to possess or shoot off fireworks within city limits.