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Monroe is a city located in Union County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,228. It is the county seat of Union County.

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5 tragic fireworks accidents that show how dangerous they can be

Fireworks are beautiful to look at, especially over the Fourth of July weekend, but if they fall into the wrong hands, or if there are technical malfunctions, patriotic displays can go horribly wrong, sometimes with deadly consequences.

Here are five recent instances that may give  you second thoughts about setting off the explosives.

1. Devon Staples died instantly after he lit a fireworks mortar tube on his head. According to The Associated Press, he had been drinking at a party Saturday when he said we was going to do the stunt. His brother said he was just holding a lighter near the fireworks, and that they accidentally caught fire.

 "Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid," Cody Staples told The New York Daily News. "He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh."

Staples was a former employee of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, The New York Daily News reported. He portrayed the character Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast."

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2. Jason Pierre-Paul, a New York Giants defensive end, was hurt Saturday while trying to light fireworks. According to a tweet by Adam Schefter, Pierre-Paul suffered burns on his palm and three fingers and may have nerve damage. Multiple tweets indicated that Pierre-Paul had a van full of fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration, NFL.com reported.

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3. James Drake of Marion, Indiana, was killed when he went to check on an unexploded shell. According to WXIN, a firework did not go off when expected. It exploded when Drake went to check on it. He suffered extensive trauma to his face. He died after being taken to a local hospital.

4. Two children were injured in Dorchester, Massachusetts, WFXT reported. A group of children was  apparently playing with fireworks that were left behind from a display when a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old were injured. The 9-year-old boy lost his hand.

"He looked really, really hurt," Kesina Gray told WFXT. "His entire hand was gone."

The younger boy might have been blinded, family members told WFXT. Both were burned on their hands and faces. 

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5. Shells went into a crowd at a public display of fireworks in Colorado. According to NBC News, "two or three" fireworks shells malfunctioned, firing into the crowd during a show in Avon, Colorado. Nine people were treated for "minor abrasion burns" and released

"There was not a lot of room in between groups of people, so when it happened no one could really get up and run," Jane Imber told NBC News. "It was so scary."

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:51:05 -0400

Aldi coupon scam circulating on Facebook

A scam circulating on Facebook involves on the discount grocery store chain Aldi.

According to WSYR, if you share and comment on the post, you're supposed to get a coupon for $100 off a bill of $120.

But after sharing and commenting, all you get is offers to sign up for credit cards and other subscriptions.

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The image used on the post is similar to a real Aldi coupon.

The Better Business Bureau told WSYR that anyone can copy a brand, and that logos are easily available online. 

How can you protect yourself on Facebook click-and-share deals?

The BBB told WSYR to use a double-window technique,keeping the offer open in one window, while researching it in the second.

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:53:07 -0400

WATCH: Airborne crash stuns, injures fans at Daytona NASCAR race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 Monday morning with a horrific last-lap crash

The outcome was not in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Austin Dillon's car flying upside down into the catch fence.

"That catch fence took a hell of a shot," Earnhardt said.

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The car tore down a section of fencing, and Dillon sailed back onto the track. His mangled car landed on its roof, and Casey Mears' crew members raced to pull Dillon from the wreckage.

WFTV's Christian Bruey reports that eight fans declined treatment, four were treated on site and one was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

>> PHOTOS: Horrifying airborne crash at Daytona NASCAR race

The crew members quickly waved to signal that Dillon was fine, and the driver climbed from the car and raised his arms in the air.

Sunday's crash happened along the same front stretch as a serious crash happened during 2013's Nationwide Race.

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Thirty-three people in the stands were injured in that incident when Kyle Larson's race car crashed.

Race officials found out what went wrong, then fixed and reinforced the fence to try to keep it from happening again.

For more videos and coverage from the scene, visit WFTV.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:52:09 -0400

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