At least 15 people learned a lesson the hard way this Fourth of July.
On Friday, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital treated 15 people who sustained injuries related to holiday festivities, spokeswoman Lindsay Thetford said.
In its busiest year, the burn center treated 47 people for fireworks-related injuries.
In 2013, an estimated 11,400 people nationally were injured in fireworks-related accidents, and eight people died. Children younger than 15 accounted for about 40 percent of the injuries.
Still Burn Center Medical Director Fred Mullins, who treated his first fireworks-related burn patient three days before the Fourth of July, said Tuesday that the cases could continue until the middle of the week.
The burn center could treat as many as 40 patients before the holiday period is over, he said.