By JAMES ABNER
Artesia Fire Marshal
The Artesia Fire Department would like to encourage people to take great care in the handling and discharge of fireworks this year.
Last year in the United States, fireworks caused more than 17,000 fires. This included approximately 1,000 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires and 16,300 outdoor fires. These fires resulted in 40 fire injuries and more than $32 million in direct property damage. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.