Fireworks become topic of seasonal concerns

Health officials are beginning the annual crusade to reduce the number of youngsters injured by fireworks.

Fireworks are traditional at Christmas and New Years. Any device that explodes is supposed to be illegal, but tons of fireworks come across the border from Nicaragua.

The health minster, María Luisa Ávila Agüero, the director general of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, Héctor Chaves León, and others were to hold a press conference today explaining the laws and encouraging the public to pay attention.

Even outlets that market non-explosive fireworks are supposed to have a permit, and there are special penalties for selling explosives to underage youngsters, officials note.

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