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Half of July 4 fires caused by fireworks: Trade group

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At 5 years old, Joseph Livingston faced a brutal third-degree burn. The cause: consumer fireworks.

He was celebrating Labor Day in Columbia, Md., with his neighbors back in 2016.

One of the neighbors was playing with fireworks when a sparkler went off, striking Joseph. He suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns on his legs.

Now, at 7 years old, Joseph is still receiving treatments at Johns Hopkins’ Pediatric Trauma and Burn Unit after suffering the consequences of consumer firework dangers.

The National Fire Protection Association, a trade organization that advocates for fire safety, found that 12,900 people were treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms for firework-related injuries last year. Children under the age of 15 accounted for more than a third of those injuries.

Fireworks can reach temperatures nearly 2,000 degrees and sparklers can reach 1,200, according to the organization.

To put that into perspective, water’s boiling point is 212 degrees.

More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year and 50 percent of those are caused by fireworks, the organization found.

It urges people to not use consumer fireworks.

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Protester climbs Statue of Liberty, prompting evacuation of the island

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A protester picked a patriotic location to demonstrate Wednesday by climbing the Statue of Liberty.

According to the U.S. Parks Police, the female protester is scaling the statue.

Liberty Island, where the statue is located, is being evacuated and all visitors are being taken off the island via ferry.

The climbing protester was not the first to demonstrate there on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, seven people were arrested for holding a banner that read “ABOLISH ICE” off the base below the statue, which is technically called Fort Hood.

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Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut gobbles 74 hotdogs, setting new world record at Nathan's contest

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Steven Ferdman/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ten minutes, 74 hotdogs and an estimated 22,200 calories later, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is once again the undisputed chow champion. Wednesday marked Chestnut’s 11th win at the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

“Seventy-four hot dogs — I’ve earned it,” he said after the event in an interview with ESPN. Chestnut marked a new world record set using his signature style of stuffing two frankfurters down his throat at a time. “This was a beautiful day. I love to eat and I tried to enjoy the food.”

For yet another year, the favorites in both the men’s and women’s categories — Chestnut, 34, and Miki Sudo, 33, — strutted off the stage after braving the broiling heat to brandish mustard title belts and oversized checks, proving they reign supreme when it comes to speed-eating encased meat.

Chestnut, the current hotdog-eating world record holder from Vallejo, California, downed a whopping 74 weiners, dipping the buns in super-sized plastic cups of water during the 10-minute-long contest. Judges peered below and Nathan’s helpers stood by with paper plates loaded with more hotdogs.

Chestnut said he had “a vision” for this year’s win, and seemed to be unfatigued after “10 minutes of work.”

“I’m going to keep riding the wave,” he said of his carer on the competitive eating circuit.

New Jersey native Carmen Cincotti finished second by eating 64 hot dogs. Third place finisher Darron Breedon got 43 frankfurters down.

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich “The Locust” LeFevre — the oldest competitor in the contest’s 101-year history.

In the women’s competition, Sudo, a native New Yorker by way of Japan and Hawaii, accomplished her goal to “5-pete” the competition by gobbling 37 hot dogs and water-dipped buns in 10 minutes.

“I had a comfortable lead, and I left room to eat more for next year,” Sudo told ESPN while hoisting her pink title belt.

Sudo’s dad was in the crowd to watch her win. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally last year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

Third place finisher Juliet Lee came in with just 25.

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Special Weather Statement issued July 04 at 4:51PM CDT by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EASTERN MEDINA…SOUTHEASTERN BANDERA…GUADALUPE…KARNES…FRIO…WESTERN GONZALES…ATASCOSA… SOUTHWESTERN KENDALL…WILSON…BEXAR AND SOUTHWESTERN COMAL COUNTIES UNTIL 600 PM CDT… At 450 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Mico to near Stinson Municipal Airport to …read more



My Country 'Tis of Thee: How to celebrate the Fourth with your favorite stars

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By Music News Group

NBCUniversalIf you like to celebrate our country’s birthday with country music, you’ll have plenty of options this Fourth of July, whether you’re heading outdoors or staying at home in your air-conditioned living room.

In Music City, Lady Antebellum will headline the annual festivities in downtown Nashville known as Let Freedom Sing!, with Chris Janson warming up the crowd earlier.

While you won’t be able to see Lady A’s set on national TV, you can still share a patriotic moment with Chris. The “Drunk Girl” hitmaker recorded performances for the Hallmark Channel’s Independence Day special earlier in the week. You can watch for him starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will help lead the party in the Big Apple. They’ll both sing on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, with pop star Julia Michaels expected to join Keith to do their hit, “Coming Home.” The annual special starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC; Kelly Clarkson‘s also on the bill.

In Washington, D.C., it’ll be Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina who are carrying the country torch. They’ll both perform on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. A Capitol Fourth airs live at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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