BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Fireworks are one thing people look forward to this holidayweekend. But officials are reminding residents, fireworks aredangerous.
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard wants everyone to know just howdangerous celebrating the 4th of July can be when it comes tofireworks. He says don't be fooled by the innocent packaging andfun names.
"Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. These aremore dangerous than people would like to believe," said Howard.
That's why all fireworks are now banned in New York. Whilebuying them in neighboring states is legal, it's still a crime toset them off.
Howard said, "While they are sold in Pennsylvania and while theyare sold in Ohio, people from Pennsylvania and Ohio are not allowedto keep them and use them, because those states recognize that theyare too dangerous and unsafe."
Despite all the warnings, there's a reason why the sheriff choseWomen and Children's Hospital to hold a press conference. Each yearfireworks cause nearly 30,000 fires and almost 10,000 injuries as aresult. In fact doctors say sparklers, as harmless as they appear,account for a majority of emergency room visits.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.
One letter was about the violent altercation between Jim Ying and another employee, and in the other letter Ying described why the restaurant is closing.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Four brothers were playing Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County, when an eight-year-old boy was struck by gunfire.