Firefighters sound alarm for fireworks safety this July 4

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Once again, millions of Americans will watch fireworks shows around the country, and millions more plan on having their own backyard fireworks.

A few simple steps could keep the holiday fun from backfiring due to injuries.

"It's going to be a good one," said Kellie Dailey, who plans to set off her own fireworks for her kids. "It's going to be huge for them. They love it."

North Carolina fireworks are more "fizz" and "sparkle" than "bang" and "boom" because the only legal fireworks in North Carolina make smoke and showers of sparkles.

Many fireworks tents are up around the state this week. One tent is operated by Unity Christian Church. Church Pastor Terry Henderson said he expects to sell out by Saturday.

"This is our largest fundraiser," he said. "All the funds go right back into ministry."

Fireworks that go "boom" or fly into the air are not only illegal in North Carolina, but they are dangerous as well.

Sunday night, a 12-year-old boy in Tennessee was killed when illegal fireworks he held in his hand exploded.

"Every year we respond to some kind of structure fire caused by illegal fireworks," said Fayetteville Fire Inspector Richard McGee.

He said "sparklers" are fireworks favorites especially for children, but they can burn at up to 2000 degrees. McGee warns that parents need to be very careful letting small children play with them.

"Make sure you don't let the child run around and get close to the house, or anything like that," said McGee, who said they can set a house on fire.

Firefighters offer these tips for safe fireworks on the Fourth:

  • Make sure there is adult supervision

  • Have a bucket of water or hose close by

  • Stay clear of other people and combustible material

  • Immediately report injuries to 911

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