Fireworks safety concerns arise as New Year’s approaches

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With New Year's coming up in a few days, there's one major concern.

"The fires are one thing, but people getting injured by the fireworks are a problem that we're concerned about," said Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.

When you're shopping for fireworks pay attention to the labels and make sure to follow the safety measures as to where you should light them.

"You want to make sure you're on a flat solid surface, probably with no dry grass or anything around it so nothing catches on fire," said Hale Fireworks Warehouse Manager Charlie Cable.

You want to make sure the fireworks are secured to the ground so that there's not an opportunity for it to tip over, and whether big or small, you want to make sure to use punks to light them properly.

"Don't use cigarettes, and if you can avoid it try not to use lighters," said Cable.

If a device fails to ignite after you light it don't go right back up to it.

"Leave it to sit there for 10 – 20 minutes and don't attempt to relight it, go ahead and take it, put it in a bucket of water, and then you can dispose of it," said McKenna.

Fireworks are prohibited within the city limits.

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