Fire officials are keeping busy in the days before July 4, making sure fireworks sold for the first time in the Commonwealth are up to code.
A new Kentucky law now allows fireworks that can go up in the air, like roman candles and bottle rockets, to be sold in Kentucky.
NEWSFIRST met up with inspectors from the Lexington Fire Department Thursday, as they took a look at fireworks stands.
"First thing I'm looking for is making sure these fireworks are safe for consumers," said one inspector.
"We make sure that they're selling fireworks that are legal, and that they're properly packaged. And also that there are safety precautions in the tent, such as fire extinguishers and proper signage," says Batt. Chief Marshall Griggs.
Firefighters say they look for marking on firework packaging indicating that the product is a legal consumer firework, complete with warning labels and instructions.
"If they don't have those things, then immediately you need to think, 'I don't want to take a chance on that,'" Griggs says.
Inspectors say because this is the first summer all consumer fireworks are legal in Kentucky--that includes bottle rockets and other fireworks that shoot high into the sky--they are taking extra precautions.
"Those fireworks, because they're more powerful, they can be more dangerous, so our emphasis is keeping folks educated so they can understand how to use a firework safely," says Griggs.
That includes being at least 200 feet from buildings on concrete or pavement with access to water.
When inspectors visit the stands, they make sure the tent has plenty of exits, in case of a fire or emergency.
Firefighters say the safest way to enjoy fireworks this summer and this upcoming Fourth of July is to watch a show done by professionals.