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Staff photo by Ricky Young / Despite an increase in home-fireworks sales reported by local fireworks retailers in 2020, Chattanooga area hospitals reported no significant increase in injuries.

Hamilton County hospitals reported treating 15 fireworks-related injuries over the Fourth of July weekend.

Erlanger Health System treated eight adults and four children for firework injuries, and Parkridge Health System treated three patients for injuries, according to hospital spokespeople.

Despite booming fireworks sales in the area, the number of fireworks injuries this year was relatively consistent with last year's number of injuries.

Erlanger fireworks injury data shows the health system treated six adults and two children last year, and Parkridge spokesman Michael Ferguson said in an email that the health system's emergency departments saw fewer patients with injuries this year compared to 2019.

Erlanger's 12 patients is the most the hospital has treated for Independence Day firework injuries since at least 2015. In 2016, Erlanger treated 11 patients for firework injuries.

A CHI Memorial spokeswoman said she was not aware of any patients seeking treatment for fireworks injuries.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported zero fatal boating-related accidents in the state for the weekend and eight accidents with serious injuries, including two in Southeast Tennessee.

The TWRA reported 11 boating-under-the-influence arrests over the three-day period, including two in Southeast Tennessee.

Contact Elizabeth Fite at efite@timesfreepress.com or follow her on Twitter @ecfite.

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