LONG ISLAND (PIX11) -- This is exactly how you do not want your Fourth of July to end.
An SUV loaded with fireworks exploded in a burst of pops, sparkles and flames on Long Island -- on purpose.
Police in Suffolk County used the extreme display Tuesday to demonstrate the dangers of mishandling fireworks as the long holiday weekend approaches.
Fingers and hands are the most injured body parts when it comes to pyrotechnic mishaps, according to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Heads, faces and ears are the second-most injured body parts, followed by eyes, torsos and arms.
The agency offers these tips for fireworks safety:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.