Fireworks at home: Risks and safer alternatives, as sales skyrocket

A shopper wearing a face mask on Monday, July 29, browses for fireworks at Wild Willy's Fireworks tent in Omaha, Neb., ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Consumer fireworks sales have soared amid the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)Extravagant firework displays have long been a staple of the Fourth of July holiday, but this year many of the larger displays in cities across America are now canceled due to the pandemic. This has many Americans turning toward consumer fireworks to get their patriotic fix. But they can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

Last year, more than 7,000 people reported injuries related to fireworks around the Fourth of July period, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. And this year, sales are way up.
"They're not toys and so oftentimes we see hands and fingers blown off because people aren't respecting the device they're working with," said Dana Baiocco, commissioner of the US CPSC.
    According to the CPSC, 57% of firework-related injuries were burns. People were more likely to hurt their hands and fingers than any ot