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Fireworks sellers stressing safety for 4th of July

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The 4th of July is right around the corner and that means...fireworks!

As hot and dry as it is, Chester Davis with American Fireworks says there are currently no bans or restrictions on any of their items this year.
   
But you've still got to be smart when you're popping any kind of fireworks.

Davis says when you're buying fireworks you need to keep in mind who you're popping them for and what sort of environment you're going to be popping them in.

Also, know what your fireworks are going to do when you light them.

He says all of that should be on the packaging and if the fireworks don't have a warning label, do not buy them -- that means that particular display is being illegally sold and shouldn't be bought or shot off.

Davis says fireworks are carefully crafted to do a specific thing so he says if you alter them in anyway, you're pretty much making a home-made bomb.

"Last...you have a designated shooter.  That's what I call them, a designated shooter that's free of alcohol, free of anything that inhibits their use.  But that's that person that goes out there and lights the fireworks and allows everybody to get back away from the fireworks.  Because you truly can see them much better at a distance than you can being right on top of them," Davis said.

Davis says after you're done, be sure to clean up your mess by pouring water from an ice chest or something like that all over the area and put the spent fireworks in a plastic bag.

As far as the weather goes, Davis says if we can get the temperatures down a little bit that will help but the wind won't.

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