Fireworks Safety For The Fourth

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

July 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Celebrating the fourth with a bang. Sparklers, poppers, confetti and a wide assortment of fireworks are for sale in this tent on North Monroe street in Tallahassee, but for some people it's not enough.

"They are actually looking for the fireworks that explode and go boom, but we don't have those," said Kendra Franklin from a TNT Fireworks Tent.

The Tallahassee Fire Department says legal fireworks always have a Fire Marshal patent on it or have the words "Class C", which is known as a common firework, But even legal fireworks are dangerous.

"You don't want to let kids play with fireworks, kids between 5 and 9 have the most injuries from fireworks," said Lieutenant Mike Bellamy Tallahassee Fire Department. "Fireworks can result in a large amount of property loss and damage and even loss of life."

Tallahassee fire department say that sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees and the best way to get rid of all fireworks is to dump them in water.

TFD wants the community to keep a few tips in mind, like remember to light at arms length, never try to re-light a dud and do not light anything on grass.

So, before things go boom always keep fire safety in mind.

According to Florida Statues, any pyrotechnics that leave the ground or explode are illegal, unless handled by a professional.