Stay safe when lighting fireworks

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An illegal firework is one that flies through the air, explodes or rotates on the ground.

"The laws are the same both inside the city limits as well as the rest of the county", said Koochiching County Sheriff Perryn Hedlund.

Scott Fire Officials would also like to remind everyone, if you are liable for any damage caused to someone else's property, as a result of the fireworks being popped.

In Michigan consumer fireworks have been legal for five years and can only be sold to people 18 years or older.

According to the organization, in addition to abstaining from alcohol use until after the fireworks display is over, parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.

Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.

Allen said that it's important for people to fully understand which fireworks are banned by the state.

"In Utah County's urban wildland interface area, there is an ordinance against fireworks at any time, and it's because we're concerned about wildfires", Snow said. Westlake said a firework could also injure bystanders.

There are some small scale fireworks that can be used in city limits.

According to the latest national data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 2015 was the worst year for fireworks injuries in at least 15 years.

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Westlake said he thinks fireworks are different from when he was a kid and have more energy to them.

Always read all warnings and instructions. The other two deaths involved homemade fireworks; one dying in a house fire caused by homemade fireworks.

Pleasanton's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled to take place at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alameda County Fair, with best viewing at the Budweiser Grandstand (Horse Racing Track). The only fireworks allowed in California are classified as "safe and sane", and come with a stamp of approval from local fire departments.

With the Fourth of July a week away, thousands of people are gearing up to watch fireworks light up the sky.

They can not legally be sold to or used by people younger than 16, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Officials ask the public to not try to reignite a firework that doesn't go off, but rather douse it in water.

"We treat it like an incident." he said.

"Some guy in his basement or garage is mixing flash powder and putting into tubes", he said, "They will invariably blow themselves up at some point".

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