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04 July 2017

These displays are fun and handsome, but could be unsafe if they're not properly executed.

In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said about 230 people in the country will suffer from a firework-related injury in the month leading to the Fourth of July.

In an interview with "Today", a 17-year-old from Washington state who lost four fingers on his left hand admitted that he hadn't taken the proper safety precautions when handling fireworks.

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Right now, Moore County is not under a burn ban. "In many cases they end up injuring themselves or their family members and there has even been cases where they blow up their homes because they are using consumer fireworks to make illegal fireworks".

- The person who is lighting the fireworks should not be consuming alcohol and should wear safety glasses.

Bryant advised those seeking to enjoy Fourth of July displays to visit one of many organized events in the area and "save the fireworks for the professionals". "Fireworks should be used only on sand, concrete or another non-flammable surface, away from brush, trash or other objects that could catch fire", the state fire marshal says. If you have a dud that doesn't light, don't try to relight it.

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"Fireworks cause nearly 18,000 fires per year", said Capt. Brandon Sooner, with the Lake Charles Fire Department. Wait 20 minutes and then soak them in water. "Many risky and illegal fireworks, rockets and explosive devices are readily available for purchase", the state fire marshal says.

All local firework booths passed a fire inspection, meaning they only sell state fire marshal-approved fireworks that don't shoot into the air or explode, according to Laidlaw.

For those not in the city limits who are lighting the sky with a show of their own, he said it is important to keep in mind to set fireworks down, light them, and get away as quickly as possible. That makes it illegal to keep or use large or explosive projectiles such as mortars, which are reserved for licensed pyrotechnicians with permits issued in the municipality where a public display is planned.

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Have a water, wet towels, and a fire extinguisher nearby.

4th of July Safety Tips