Fireworks dangers in the era of COVID-19

With major firework shows canceled, many started taking fireworks into their own hands.
2:12 | 07/04/20

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Fireworks and the fourth of July go hand in hand but this year especially there is danger in the rocket's red glare, and ABC's zohreen shah is on the story. Reporter: With these types of major fireworks showed cancelled this weekend, many started taking fireworks into their own hands, some into their own homes. The New York fire department arresting this Brooklyn man a week and a half ago for allegedly lighting illegal fireworks that shot through a window sparking a house fire. In cities across the country long lines to buy fireworks night after night. Explosions lighting up the sky but some literally backfiring, fireworks sparking this brush fire last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, forcing the evacuation of dozens of homes. Some cities now cracking down. In D.C. Trained teams hitting the streets to keep people safe. The metro police department says they've already seized over 6,000 illegal fireworks. They're trying to prevent scenes like this. A bathroom in one D.C. Home looked like a construction site after police say two young boys set off illegal fireworks inside. The 9-year-old was left with serious damages to his hand. And it's not just homes. On Wednesday this Texas stall near the side of a road selling fireworks got blown up by their own product. Luckily no one was hurt. But they can be deadly. Fire departments have been demonstrating dangers of having and using fireworks. And there's a new big safety tip doctors want us to know this year. The hand sanitizer we use to keep us safe from the coronavirus, burn unit doctors say can make fireworks more dangerous. Alcohol itself is very flammable and if alcohol is on the hand, I think it can lead to a severe burn or serious burn on the hands if someone is lighting fireworks immediately after applying hand sanitizer. Reporter: Yet one more thing to think of in the era we're living in. If you are legally using fireworks doctors advise waiting until that hand sanitizer evaporates completely so there is no residue left on your hands.

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