New Year's Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a longtime tradition for New Year’s, and everyone has favorites.

"I looked forward to buying the small, lady-finger type firecrackers and bottle rockets. Easy little small tab stuff like that,” says fireworks shopper Lee Moore.

Whatever you choose, just make sure you're safe.

Always read and follow label directions, only use fireworks outdoors, have a garden hose and bucket handy, never shoot fireworks in a metal or glass container, and always have an adult present.

Also keep in mind, in the state of Florida, firecrackers, torpedoes, roman candles, anything containing explosives, are prohibited.

"We do have many people coming in asking for the other fireworks that we aren't allowed to sell here. We have to tell them we can't sell them here in Tallahassee and Leon County. They come in asking for them, but we can't have them,” says fireworks vendor Bill Gilbert.

"New Year's, Fourth of July, we end up confiscating a lot of fireworks. We will take those from you. Depending on the circumstance, it could involve criminal sanctions,” explains Lt. Ken Bergstrom, Watch Commander.

Even little Hank knows what kind of fireworks to shoot.

"I have more fireworks at the house. They don't go up in the air. They stay down on the ground and shoot different colors,” says Hank Wade.

Remember, when it comes to fireworks this New Year’s, think safety before lighting up.

Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

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