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Government blows heads off to make you think twice about fireworks

It's July 4, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission wants you to be extra careful while you celebrate.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Please keep your head around fireworks. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

On July 4, we in the US celebrate our independence from the forces of the stiff upper lip.

We let our hair down, eat a lot and then let off explosions.

Perhaps it's not unlike many of our other days, but this one is even more exciting.

We tend to let off a lot of fireworks on this day. However, having let our hair down and eaten (and drunk) a lot, we can be a little cavalier.


So the US Consumer Product Safety Commission released a YouTube video this week, demonstrating how dangerous fireworks are. It's not one for the faint of heart (or head).

Perhaps trying to shock people is the only way the agency felt that it could grab our attention.

The video shows the ways that people can lose limbs and heads if they don't pay attention to safety procedures.

The victims in this video are dummies. They do reflect, however, some of the injuries that can (and, sadly, do) occur in real life.

The last place you want to end up on Independence Day is the ER. So please watch this video and follow its instructions -- even if it seems like nagging