Fire personnel issue safety tips as the 4th of July approaches

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Come Friday, fireworks stands will be open in Kentucky. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire personnel are issuing safety tips to the public in hopes of avoiding serious injuries and fires.

Lexington Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs says, "If it goes up or blows up, it's probably illegal in Kentucky."

Griggs is referring to things like Roman Candles that emit flaming balls or flaming pellets. He also says anything that has the words "explosive" or "firecracker" on the label are illegal in the Commonwealth.

Fire inspectors will be visiting fireworks vendors in the coming days to ensure they are only selling legal fireworks.

Griggs says people who use fireworks need to remember to have a water source nearby and ensure that an adult is always present.

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