Things to know about fireworks this holiday

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- If you live in the city of Dothan you cannot light them off, if you’re in the county you can. But the biggest thing you need to think about is safety.

The 4th of July is the busiest time for firework sales. And although fireworks are used for celebration they can be dangerous. So it’s important to read the labels before lighting them off.

"Just always know to follow the instructions. They're on each package and they tell you exactly what to do. Never try to alter a firework and make it stronger than it actually is," Holiday Fireworks manager, Greg Ellison said.

Firework season in Alabama is limited – June 20th through July 10th and December 15th through January 2nd.

To purchase a firework in the state you must be at least 16 years old unless you are with a parent. And you should never allow children to play with or light fireworks even if they look harmless.

"Actually you can start a fire with a sparkler quicker than anything and that's every child’s favorite firework to do. So you actually have to be more careful with those,” Ellison said.

Always have a water source on hand in case a firework re-ignites and hose each firework down after it’s gone, to prevent fires.

So where can you light fireworks?

"In the county, you're allowed to do them anytime you want to. In the city, you're not allowed to do fireworks," Ellison said.

According to state law, you cannot light fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospital, school, or enclosed building or within 200 feet of where fireworks are sold or stored.

And always remember, fireworks are not toys and you should always use caution.

"If something says sit it on the ground, you don't put it on top of your head and try to show off because you can die. That mortar is going to come out with such force and when it leaves, I mean it'll kill you if you do something stupid. And that's the whole thing, just don't be stupid," Ellison said.

If you want a hassle-free firework display, you can enjoy fireworks at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds Saturday night.

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