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Cropper: Don’t shoot fireworks all night long

by David Specht

During the Minden City Council meeting Monday night, Police Chief Steve Cropper had some words of wisdom for Independence Day celebrations.

“Please be respectful of your neighbors when shooting fireworks,” Cropper said.

While celebrations may go well into the night, Cropper asked the public to be aware of the time.

“Don’t shoot them all night long,” he said. “Shut them down at least by midnight.”

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these tips as well:

Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

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