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Hong Kong welcomes the New Year

Hong Kong welcomes the New Year

An eye injury is no way to start the new year.

Some will celebrate with friends and count down the seconds until the clock strikes midnight, raising a glass of champagne while eating a bowl of black-eyed-peas or some greens.

Others have been out buying fireworks to put on their own backyard show.

Nationally, more than $36 million in property is damaged each year due to fireworks.

According to the national fire protection association, 36 percent of firework-related injuries hands or fingers and about a quarter of emergency room visits come from not using sparklers properly. "If we can reach one child or one family member and prevent a firework from going off too near their face and blinding them, that is our goal - to save at least one person's vision".

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Before purchasing know where you live, since most of the incorporated cities in Guadalupe County have ordinances prohibiting the use or possession of fireworks with city limits.

"There are no public places to light fireworks", Pinder said.

It is also unlawful for anyone in the City of Murfreesboro to sell, use, or possess any mortar firework with a single tube, if that tube has been preloaded with a shell and the tube or shell has a diameter of one and a half inches. "It is illegal to pop them in the roadway or toward the roadway or from a church or school parking lot".

Meanwhile, West Fargo allows them on new year's eve until 1:00 a.m. on the 1st.

Sidharth Puri, M.D., a resident physician with the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, hopes to keep Louisville residents aware of the dangers posed by fireworks.

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