Fireworks season kicks off in Shreveport

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 9:27am

Monday marked the first day you can legally buy fireworks in Shreveport. That's good news for local vendors, who weren't able to sell last year because of drought conditions. You can purchase fireworks within the city limits from now until 10 P.M. on July 5th.

The Shreveport Police Department is stressing the importance of staying safe while enjoying the 4th of July light displays. These are a few tips from them about how to protect yourself.

-Always wear safety glasses and do not wear loose clothing when using fireworks.

-An adult should always be present and supervise the use of fireworks.

-Read all labels and follow all instructions before lighting fireworks.

-Light only one firework at a time.

-Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Consideration should be given to wind direction and ignitability of everything in the landing zone.

-Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand to extinguish an incipient fire.

-Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.

-Never ignite aerial fireworks where overhead obstructions (trees, eaves, wires, etc.) may interfere with trajectory into open air space. Never ignite aerial fireworks near an opening to a building.

-Do not point or throw fireworks at other people. Do not carry fireworks in you pockets. If one happens to ignite, severe burns may result.

-Always keep spectators a safe distance away.

-Dispose of fireworks only after you are sure they are completely out. If needed, spray them down with a hose and allow them to cool overnight. Treat them much as you would fireplace/stove ashes.

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