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Safety tips for lighting off fireworks on Fourth of July

Posted at 9:44 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 21:44:01-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The city of Lexington is celebrating America's birthday with a massive fireworks display. But with COVID-19, there are plenty of Lexingtonians who are opting for their own fireworks from home. The Lexington Fire Department is asking those people to do so safely.

"The two primary concerns when it comes to fireworks is the potential for property damage or personal injury which is why we strongly recommend that everyone leave it to the professionals," Lexington Fire Department Captain Jessica Bowman said.

Bowman offered a few safety tips for those lighting off fireworks from their homes.

"A few tips would be not to mix alcohol and fireworks, make sure your children are closely supervised, never allow your children to light fireworks and keep a bucket of water or a hose on standby just in case something does happen," Bowman said.

Bowman also recommends that you never carry fireworks in your pocket and only light one at a time.

"In Fayette County, you can't shoot off anything that explodes or projects," Bowman noted. "If it leaves the ground it is illegal in Fayette County. However, we do know that here sometimes people bring fireworks in from neighboring counties and other places."

But as long as you follow the law, Bowman says there is no reason why you can't have a safe and festive Fourth of July.