Alabamians Urged to Leave Fireworks to Professionals

Fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations, but in dozens of Alabama cities possessing, storing and selling fireworks is illegal.

  • If you live in an area where fireworks are permitted, Alabama health officials urge you to follow a few simple rules:

  • Never allow children under 14 years of age to ignite fireworks.

  • Follow all warnings and instructions.

  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.

  • Keep a bucket or water nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks Officials also remind Alabamians that many fireworks-related burns are not caused by the fireworks directly, but are the result of fires they ignite.

    Authorities suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a community-sanctioned, licensed event.

    For more information contact the State Fire Marshal's office at (334) 241-4166 or visit

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