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.
A tractor trailer veered off the road and went through a fence, while crashing into the Forest Hill Cemetery, in Fredonia, Friday morning.
Officials in Wyoming have captured a wanted man and his girlfriend, who were allegedly heading to Buffalo.
After a slow and slippery commute Thursday night, many western New Yorkers are waking up early, hoping they can get to work on time Friday morning.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Model City Road and Rt. 104, police say 84-year-old Jose Martinez was hit by a car driven by 82-year-old Maura Nolan. Both are residents of Lewiston.
Continued cold temperatures as the lake effect winds down late today, more snow on the way this weekend.