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More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

 

Last updated 7/4/2020 at 12:09pm

SUMAN NAISHADHAM

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier.

Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, especially as infections surge across the U.S.

With fewer professional celebrations, many Americans are bound to shoot off fireworks in backyards and at block parties. And they already are: Sales have been booming. Some public safety officia...



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