- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s fire marshal is urging residents and visitors to use caution when celebrating with fireworks, citing national statistics that more fires are reported nationally on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year.

In 2013, fireworks accounted for half the fires during the Independence Day surge, Fire Marshal William Degnan said.

Degnan encouraged people to attend public fireworks displays put on by trained and licensed professionals rather than try to put on their own displays. Those displays, he said, are inspected by investigators from his office before they can get the greenlight to be ignited.

The sale of fireworks in New Hampshire is legal, but some municipalities ban or strictly regulate their use.

Nashua fire officials say fireworks ignited the roof of a home there last year. Nashua is among those municipalities that ban the possession or use of fireworks. Others that prohibit fireworks include Wolfeboro, Salem, Hampton, Newington and Salem.

Some cities and towns require local permits for the use of fireworks and others restrict the times when they can be set off.

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