Fireworks could pose burn threat in dry conditions

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Firefighters are concerned that dry conditions in the Mid-South could mean a fire danger for people setting off fireworks this Independence Day weekend.

With the Fourth of July holiday drawing closer, fireworks stands, such as Lawler's Fireworks, are popping up along road sides across Tipton County.

Labels warn about the dangers of fireworks, which can cause injuries, but sweltering heat and below average rainfall for the month of June has fireworks vendors warning people to be extra careful.

"You don't want to set thing off that will go into a burn pile, dry leaves or any dry grass," said Justin Whitmer.

Vendors are also paying close attention to who they allow to buy fireworks at their stands.  Law requires vendors to refuse to sell fireworks to anyone under 16 years of age.

"We actually have to ask people who look younger to see their IDs just to purchase the fireworks," Whitmer said.

Whitmer said fireworks can be fun and most injuries can be prevented with proper safety procedures.

"The misuse of them is usually where you see the accidents," Whitmer said.  "If you just handle them the way they're designed to be handled, you don't hear of a lot of the accidents."

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