Firework sales in full swing as the Fourth of July approaches

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Alabama & Florida State Line (WJHG) -- Located just across the Alabama state line, JR's Fireworks has been attracting customers from near and far for more than 30 years.

"I've had some people last week from California," Owner JR Poppell said. "They caught a plane out here and wanted to buy some fireworks because they can't get them in California. I've had people from all over the United States come in here."

With the Fourth of July coming up, Poppell said business has been steady.

"I think it falling on a Tuesday, the weekend's going to be the big rush time, probably Friday, Saturday, Sunday and hopefully Monday and Tuesday," Poppell said.

Marianna Chief of Police Hayes Baggett wants to remind the public not all fireworks are legal in Florida.

"The law allows us to seize any illegal fireworks in the state of Florida," Baggett said. "Anything that flies through the air or explodes is illegal in the state of Florida. Sparklers and that sort of stuff is legal."

According the the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, shells, mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, and rockets are all illegal in Florida.

Baggett's best advice is to read the directions and make sure you follow the manufacturer's directions.

He said just a little common sense can make your holiday end with a bang, the right kind of bang.

Poppell said he wants to make sure all his customers know what they are allowed to buy, as well as how to use it.

Baggett said it's also important to remember your pets may be easily frightened by the loud sounds fireworks can make, so you may want to bring them indoors when the fireworks begin.

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