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Firefighters checking stands to look for illegal fireworks

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and Friday is the first day fireworks stands can start selling their products.

Firefighters urge everyone to be careful with fireworks.

Anything that shoots flames or explodes is illegal in Kentucky.

To crack down on illegal fireworks, firefighters headed out Friday morning, making sure the stands aren't selling the banned items.

Inspectors with the Lexington Fire Department say they're always busy leading up to the Fourth of July, making sure fireworks stands are only selling what they should.

Here in Kentucky, expect to see labels that talk about showering sparks, rather than blowing up or going up.

Inspectors say they want everyone to have fun and do it safely.

They say they even work with neighborhoods that want to have block parties.

"We have a lot of neighborhoods that chip in and go to Tennessee to get stuff that's illegal," Lt. Reg Duncan of the Lexington Fire Department said. "If they work with us, get a permit, and let us inspect the site and have someone designated to set them off, they can buy those legally, even if they are illegal here. That way, it is safe."

Fire officials say 10,000 people a year are injured in the U.S. by fireworks, and that is a number they want to see go down.

They say half the battle is getting the right fireworks and reading all the directions.

Fire officials also say the safest way to watch fireworks is to attend a professional display.


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