It's not a proper Independence Day party without some bright and colorful fireworks.
Keeping the 4th of July fun means making sure to fire them off safely.
If you chose to exercise your right to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, the City of Lubbock urges the obserance of the following rules:
· Obey all local fireworks laws. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
· Don’t buy fireworks in brown paper packaging, they may have been made for professional displays and are dangerous to consumers.
· Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels, or fire extinguisher nearby.
· Have a cell phone available to call 911 if a wild land fire is ignited by the fireworks.
· Do not hold lit fireworks, other than sparklers.
· Never throw fireworks at another person, animal, or vehicle.
· Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. The container may shatter, causing serious injury or death.
· Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.
· The embers from sparklers are very hot and will burn the skin and fabrics.
· Sparklers burn at a temperature near 2,000 degrees and the wire and sticks of sparklers will stay hot long after the sparkler has gone out.
Never toss sparklers on the ground. They may catch dry grass and leaves on fire. Put spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
· Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time or hand a lighted sparkler to another person.
· Never experiment with, modify, combine, or create your own fireworks. Never try to re-light a firework that did not function
· Put spent fireworks into a bucket of water or sand to put them completely out.
· When finished, clean up all fireworks debris.
View the attached video too see and learn more from one local TNT Fireworks stand.