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Sioux City fire officials urge caution on July 4th

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Officials with the Sioux City Fire Department said in Iowa, the "rule of thumb is if it goes up or it goes bang, it's probably illegal."

You can only have snakes, sparklers, and snaps in the Hawkeye State.

"Even though, that sparkler is legal, they are dangerous. In 2011, there was almost 18,000 injuries in the United States caused by fireworks," Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said.

Aesoph said sparklers can get at hot as 1,200 degrees, which will melt glass, so it's important to be cautious at all times.

If you do light a firework, and it doesn't go off, Aesoph said to leave it alone because it could still go off.

Give it a few minutes to sit and cool, and then douse it in water.

He suggests people do not set off their own fireworks, and instead leave it up to the professionals.

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