July 4 News

California Crews Scramble to Douse Blazes From Fireworks

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks across California. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Francisco …

Firework Sales Soar Despite Dangers

At least eight people lost their lives in fireworks mishaps in 2017 while another 12,900 ended up in hospital emergency rooms with injuries. A Florida man who lived with his sister in a mobile home was killed when the home …

Deadlier July 4 Forecast as Saturday Adds to Risk

This Fourth of July weekend will probably be deadlier than usual on U.S. roads because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, and more people are driving as the economy improves, a safety group said. There will be 49,500 …

Injuries Spark Doctors to Urge Caution When Handling Fireworks This Fourth of July

Fireworks and the Fourth of July can be a dangerous mix. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center urge caution with consumer fireworks and suggest leaving these displays to the experts. Vanderbilt doctors annually treat burns and eye injuries and even …

Texas Game Wardens Arrested 60 Boaters During Holiday Weekend

Texas officials say game wardens arrested nearly 60 boaters for operating under the influence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said in a release Tuesday that game wardens across the state were in …

3 Dead, 24 Rescued After Yacht Capsizes off New York

A yacht full of fireworks watchers capsized off New York’s Long Island on the Fourth of July, killing three people and sending 24 others into the Long Island Sound, where many were rescued by fellow boaters, police said Thursday. The …

Tennessee Sees Decline in July 4 Fatalities

Safety officials say the number of fatalities in Tennessee during the Fourth of July holiday continues to decline. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Monday that early estimates indicate seven people were killed in traffic crashes during …