Local law enforcement say think safety first for the new year

By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Whether the fireworks are big or small they can turn your new years celebration into a dangerous one if the proper precautions are not taken.

Public Information Officer SGT. Allan Murray says one firework safety tip law enforcement is urging people to follow is the  location you use your fireworks.

"What I would advise people to do is to get with a friend who lives in an area that allows fireworks like in a county, whether Forrest County or Lamar County just anywhere. Make sure it is not an area that is very dense and also make sure a lot of the lots are not too dry and conditions are not favorable to start fires," said Murray.

Murray also says that fireworks in the city limits is off limits.

"There is a fine. You will receive a citation, your fire works will be confiscated and you will have to go to city court," said Murray.

Law enforcement is also asking that you not handle fires caused by fire works on your own.

" If a fire does start and it is out of your control please go ahead and call your area fire department and let them what is going on . Let them know the start of your fire, location and where it is going so they can have some type of heads up of what they are about to come into. Don't get involved and get  hurt," said Murray.

Follow these tips and you will make sure you bring in the new year safely and incident free.

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