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Fireworks have been a national pastime on the Fourth of July for as long as many can remember, but behind the dazzling sparks and colors lurk dangers.

"Those sparklers, you want to hold out in front of you when you're using fireworks of any type".

"The City of Virginia does not now have any further restrictions on fireworks than what is stated in state statute", said Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis. Unfortunately, emergency rooms across the country see a spike in patients due to fireworks injuries every July.

"Soon as we light them up, we just run", Daniels said.

Currently, Americans are shooting off nearly one pound of fireworks each year for every man, woman and child.

A quirk of the law is that out-of-state residents can purchase consumer fireworks without a permit.

♦ Never ignite devices in a container.

Although fireworks are illegal in Virginia, they are permitted in other states. "(You) can't mirror the shows that professionals do anyway". "These injuries range from minor to life-changing, which could ultimately affect the rest of someone's life".

· Before using any fireworks, read and follow all warnings and instructions printed on the label. "Keep in mind to clean up all unused fireworks, including matches and lighters to insure they are out of sight and reach of children".

Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017
Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017

Alcohol - Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Use eye protection. Light only one at a time.

The National Safety Council and the NFPA recommend leaving fireworks display to the professionals and going to the local displays. Holding fireworks in your pocket or bag can cause friction that may set the firework off prematurely. Never experiment with homemade fireworks.

Always have a bucket of water on hand to dispose of fireworks and a hose connected to water ready in case of fire.

While firecrackers are created to be noisy, they do still explode on the ground.

Pets can be very sensitive to the loud sounds of fireworks. Rob is a veteran and knows the impact that fireworks can have.

For more fire safety information, download and print the State Fire Marshal's home fire safety checklist. Tower Hill No. 2 Volunteer Fire Department will sell pork sandwiches during and after the parade. County fire officials report that in June 2016, a 19-year-old county man was injured when a sparkler malfunctioned and exploded in his face.

You can get your fill of professional fireworks shows beginning tonight at Nolensville's 10th Annual Star Spangled Celebration, with activities starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk over Nolensville Park (rain date, Sunday).

Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, John Adams envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities, according to a letter the former president wrote to his wife, Abigail Adams, on July 3, 1776.

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