Lots of fireworks will likely be going off the next few days in central Kentucky neighborhoods. In Lexington, there will likely be a mix of legal and illegal works.
More than a year ago, the state passed legislation to legalize flying and exploding fireworks. Still, some individual communities, like Lexington opted to continue a ban on those types of pyrotechnics. Most all of the counties surrounding Fayette do allow the sale of fireworks that go airborne or blow up.
A doctor with over 30 years of experience in emergency department care says many fireworks-related injuries can be traced to homemade explosives. University of Kentucky physician Chuck Ekerline says a male patient came in with just such injuries Monday. He says exploding debris and shrapnel caused extensive damage to the man's arms, chest and face.