Fire Marshal Says Public Fireworks Are Safer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials say letting professionals entertain you at local fireworks displays is safer than putting on your own show at home.

State Fire Marshal Bill Swope says there are risks of injury as well as the possibility of violating local ordinances and state law in do-it-yourself celebrations.

For those who insist on setting off fireworks at home, Swope has some safety tips:

Use fireworks outdoors only, obey local laws, keep a bucket of water or working water hose nearby, don't try to alter fireworks, never relight a "dud" firework and keep a safe distance between the shooter and spectators.

Also he says the shooter should wear safety glasses, designate a nondrinking adult to be the shooter, don't use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives and report illegal explosives to authorities.

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