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Greenville police offer fireworks safety tips

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police have released some fireworks safety tips ahead of the July 4th celebrations.

The police department is encouraging people to enjoy the free fireworks show at the Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival in downtown Greenville instead of lighting their own fireworks. The fireworks will begin around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street.

Police said consumer fireworks result in an average of 18,500 fires every year and numerous injuries, especially involving young children.

If people do wish to fire their own fireworks, police ask them to adhere to the following advice:

  • Check with local officials if you’re unsure whether it’s legal to use fireworks where you live
  • Only buy fireworks from permitted retailers
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks
  • Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and trees
  • Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and keep a garden hose on hand

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