Fireworks Safety

Fireworks and festivities are right around the corner.

South Central Kentuckians are preparing to celebrate their independence with bright lights and big booms.

However, the colorful displays can be dangerous.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, on average, there are seven deaths each year due to fireworks. The agency knows of 11 deaths from last year.

"I'm a big kid. I grew up playing with fireworks my whole life," said Darren Stolte, with Rhino Displays.

Stolte and the rest of his crew still play with fireworks, but this time they get paid to do it.

The group is in charge of the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra's Star Spangled Spectacular.

"We have to have the correct distance from where the audience is going to be, where there's going to be houses, traffic, in this case we have the water tower," said Stolte.

They also have to look for anything that might catch on fire as the fireworks return to the ground.

"In this case we're shooting off of dirt and rock, so there's not going to be flammable materials in this instance," said Stolte.

The group also has a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case.

In situations where the ground is extremely dry, a fire prevention plan is in place.

"We will have the fire department come in and wet the area before we shoot," said Stolte.

If you're lighting up your own fireworks, Stolte recommends using caution, so everyone has a safe, colorful holiday.

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