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Fire officials urge safety during Independence Day celebrations


With Independence Day just over a week way, tents are popping up along roads all around the area, offering plenty of pyrotechnics to pile into the truck.  But fire officials are asking people to also stay safe while they celebrate.  Weston Fire Chief Kenny James said there’s plenty to enjoy, but people need to be cautious, too.

“Fireworks are a great thing, they’re a lot of fun. Like I said, they just need to be handled properly, and you just need to have all your questions answered to make certain that you don’t get into any kind of trouble,” said James.

That can include legal trouble, too.  While any of the fireworks available in these places are legal in the state, counties and municipalities may have tighter laws restricting what people can set off.  And when you are getting ready to launch, be sure you’re doing so properly.

“Mainly put everything on a level surface, and don’t let your kids too close to them.  If your kids are old enough to have a lighter, and buy it at the store, they might be OK, but if they’re rambunctious, give them supervision,” said Wyatt Smith with Fireworks WV in Weston.

And perhaps most importantly, Chief James said people should be sure that whoever is launching fireworks stays safe and isn’t under the influence of any kind of substance when they do.

“You should be in the right state of mind, not inebriated, under the influence, and just use extreme caution.  It can cause all kinds of bad things, all kinds of injuries,” said James.

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