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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Locals watch the fireworks from swings in a playground at Heritage Point Park in Dalton, Georgia, on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Chattanooga hospitals reported treating six people for fireworks-related injuries over the Fourth of July weekend compared to 15 injuries in 2020, according to hospital spokespeople.

Erlanger Health System was the only local hospital system to report treating injuries this year. The six people seeking care came from reports across the entire health system, and none of those patients were treated at Erlanger's children's hospital.

Spokespeople for Parkridge Health System and CHI Memorial said via email that they were not aware of any injuries due to fireworks or boating accidents over the long weekend.

Last Independence Day weekend, Erlanger treated eight adults and four children for firework injuries, and Parkridge treated three patients for injuries.

Some backyard fireworks displays were forced to scale back or cancel this year amid a nationwide shortage of inventory, whereas last year saw booming fireworks sales in the area.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said via news release that 24 arrests for driving under the influence occurred in Hamilton County over the three-day weekend.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said via email that officers arrested 20 people across the state for operating boats or other watercraft while under the influence.

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

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