Eight children were burned by fireworks during celebrations marking the arrival of the new year in Nicaragua, according to preliminary information provided by the Fernando Velez Paiz Children's Hospital.

Just one of the children - who is out of danger - remains hospitalized, hospital director Noel Larios told the state-run media.

"It is not appropriate for children to be handling gunpowder," said Larios, who did not rule out other similar cases.

The eight children burned on the night of Dec. 31 come after four others were similarly injured on Christmas Eve.

By comparison, during the month of December 2011, the hospital - which takes care of child burn victims in Nicaragua - reported 18 cases of this kind.

Larios told the media that the Health Ministry will issue in the coming days, albeit without specifying the release date, a complete report regarding the number of children burned in December. EFE