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People asked to be safe this July Fourth

July 2, 2014 -- 4:10 p.m.

By Tori Hughes

With July Fourth comes firework displays and sparklers, but people are urged to use caution.
 
Sparklers are the only legal non-explosive fireworks devices in the state of Georgia.  However, Rome Floyd Fire Chief Gordon Henderson says that many people cross state lines to bring bigger fireworks back.  Chief Henderson cautions people if they are planning to use these.
 
“You need to make sure you first obey Georgia law and that you use fireworks safely.  You keep small kids away from them, you keep the crowds away from them, and just make sure that you do it safely if you’re going to do it.  The best thing to do is to fireworks where professionals shoot them and you don’t have to do it.”
 
Chief Henderson also reminds people to be aware that the ends of lit sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and can injure a person’s hands or eyes if not handled correctly and safely.
 
For more information about fireworks safety, visit oci.ga.gov.