Firework safety tips for your New Year’s Eve celebrations

Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 4:10 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - With New Year’s Eve celebrations set to begin, fireworks are always a popular tradition. But they can also be dangerous.

Locally, firework stores like Holiday Fireworks on Highway 231 South have seen increases in their sales.

“So far this season, as of right now, I am at almost double what we did last New Years,” manager Greg Ellison said.

Ellison contributes that increase to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think it’s because they’re stuck in their homes and they’re wanting something to do,” Ellison said. “There’s a lot of people traveling this year, going into Panama City and Tallahassee, Jacksonville. So a lot of people are going to the New Year’s shows down there and they always stop and get fireworks on their way down.”

Fireworks are a great way to celebrate, but each year, dozens of injuries happen as a result of using fireworks improperly.

Ellison says if you plan to light some up, you should use common sense.

“Always have a water source available,” Ellison said. “You should soak all the fireworks after you’ve shot them off, just in case they start back up. Never lean over a firework when you’re lighting it.”

You should never shoot fireworks at other people. It’s also important to read the instructions listed on the packaging. Something else to consider - anyone younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult to purchase fireworks.

It’s also illegal to shoot fireworks within the Dothan City limits. However, you are allowed to set them off in the county.

Holiday Fireworks is open year-round.

Alabama law only permits “seasonal” retailers to sell fireworks June 20 through July 10 and December 15th through January 2nd.

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