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Pioneer Editorial: Enjoy a safe Fourth

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

This July Fourth holiday presents a unique opportunity for many people, offering a four-day weekend as we move past Monday into Tuesday, Independence Day. It can provide extra time for an enjoyable summer holiday, but it can also provide plenty of time to over-celebrate and cause tragic results.

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Relatively new to Minnesota is the lawful availability of non-aerial, non-explosive fireworks, which by no means are any less dangerous. The state fire marshal reports that since the law took effect in 2002, an average of nearly 100 injuries a year have been reported.

A warning that one should be cautious in handling fireworks should be unnecessary, but more important, access to fireworks by children should be restricted and only under parental supervision.

It should also go without saying that the long weekend presents many opportunities to enjoy an "adult beverage." Enjoy -- but don't drive.

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