Fireworks OK on New Year's Eve, But Safety Comes First

By: Lisa Blackwell Email
By: Lisa Blackwell Email

Business is booming at BJ's Fireworks, folks are stocking up on all kinds of fire power to light up the New Year's sky.

The most popular choice “by far the artilleries, artillery cakes, people like things that leave the ground with plumes of color,” said June Brannon, co-owner of BJ's Fireworks.

Bottle rockets and roman candles are another favorite. Whatever you decide to buy it's important to read the packaging.

“First and foremost you need to follow the manufacturers’ directions, never do anything that's not manufacturer directed,” said Brannon,

Authorities say use fireworks outdoors and have a hose or bucket handy. Fireworks should be handled by an adult.

Dothan Fire Department Capt. Chris Etheredge says, “Nationwide the largest percentage of injuries we see are between the ages of 10 and 14 years old and they are with approved consumer grade fireworks.”

And if a firework does not light properly

“You want to wait 15-20 minutes with a dud firework then submerse it in a bucket of water to ensure that it doesn't explode on you,” said Etheredge.

Keep a safe distance from lit fireworks and always watch where they land.

“The two leading causes of fires from fireworks are the firecracker and the sparkler so two of the simplest fireworks start the majority of the fires we see nationwide.”

Following a few simple rules can help you celebrate safe. It is illegal to shoot fireworks within the Dothan city limits. For all other areas, you should check with local law enforcement.

Authorities remind the public to celebrate responsibly, alcohol and fireworks don't mix.


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