Fireworks send 11,000 to Emergency rooms, feds say

Tuesday was a bad day to be a dummy or a watermelon.

The annual Consumer Products Safety Commission fireworks safety demonstration on the National Mall should give anyone a healthy respect for the explosives. The CPSC team blows the heads, arms and hands off mannequins to demonstrate the dangers of everyday fireworks sold at stands across the U.S. in June and July.

The climax comes when an M-1000 firework blasts a watermelon into smithereens.

Fireworks accidents sent more than 11,000 Americans to emergency rooms last year, two-thirds of them in the weeks before and after the July 4 holiday, the CPSC said Tuesday.

The commission said 250 people on average end up in the ER with fireworks-related injuries every day in the month around July 4.

Check out these beautiful firework displays from previous July 4th's:

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Spectators watch and take snapshots of the annual Independence Day fireworks display at the Washington Monument on July, 04, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A view of the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City as shot from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks are set off at Liberty State Park during the ''Freedom & Fireworks Festival'' in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 4, 2014 as seen from New York City. The Macy's fireworks show returned to the East River for the first time since 2008. The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 04: Fireworks dazzle in the New Jersey skies as part of the Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park, NJ on July 4, 2014, where Budweiser also presented a $3 million donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation to benefit families of military killed or disabled in action. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Budweiser)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 04: Fireworks dazzle in the New Jersey skies as part of the Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park, NJ on July 4, 2014, where Budweiser also presented a $3 million donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation to benefit families of military killed or disabled in action. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Budweiser)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks are set off at Liberty State Park during the ''Freedom & Fireworks Festival'' in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 4, 2014 as seen from New York City. The Macy's fireworks show returned to the East River for the first time since 2008. The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
Fireworks are seen from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks burst out over the US Capitol and the Washington Monument during Independence Day celebrations in Washington on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks burst out over the US and the Washington Monument during Independence Day celebrations in Washington on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Fireworks are seen from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Reece Newhouse, 13, of Seattle, Washington watches the Independence Day fireworks with his brother Jonah, 17, left, and mother Russann, right, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Friday July 4, 2014. (Photo by J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Fireworks display during PBS's 2014 A CAPITOL FOURTH at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge at the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of fireworks during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks at the South Street Seaport on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge at the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City as shot from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
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Most injuries are burns, and the fingers or hands are the most vulnerable as people handle bottle rockets, firecrackers and other explosives, the CPSC said in its annual report on fireworks injuries. But 900 of the bad injuries were from sparklers, which smolder at very high temperatures and which should not be given to small children, the CPSC said.

And horrific fireworks accidents killed at least four men last year, the CPSC said. One of them was 27-year-old Stephen Goodman of Douglas, Georgia — killed on New Year's Day 2016 when he put a rocket in a tube upside-down and set it off over his head. "The firework exploded from the bottom and struck the victim in the neck. The victim suffered a large laceration to his neck," the CPSC said.

The CPSC says 67 percent of the injuries happened when fireworks malfunctioned, going off too soon or blowing up in place or exploding sideways, for instance. A 28-year-old woman suffered burns over her chest when a friend lit a multiple-tube fireworks device and it fell over, shooting the blazing shells sideways, CPSC said.

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But improper use of fireworks can also injure innocent bystanders.

"In Case 20, a 29-year-old male and his family were outside lighting fireworks. The family across the street was doing the same thing as well," the CPSC said.

"The neighbor family set up a mortar not on a flat level of plain but on a hill. The mortar fell over and shot across the street into the victim's yard, right next to one of the victim's young cousins. The victim picked his cousin up to shield her and the mortar went off," the CPSC report said.

"The victim suffered burns on the left side of his face and neck. Moreover, some of the embers from the firework got into the victim's left eye and caused blurred vision."

The CPSC's advice:

Never relight a dud. They can go off in your face

Don't buy unlicensed or illegal fireworks. They're more likely to explode unexpectedly

Don't let children light or play with fireworks

Light fireworks one at a time and step back from each one each time

Leave fireworks shows to the professionals

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