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Oxendine warns about fireworks

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hospital Emergency rooms treat thousands of people a year for fireworks related injuries. Georgia's Safety Fire Commissioner has launched a campaign to keep you safe this Fourth of July.  

Fireworks are now on sale in grocery and convenience stores and roadside tents, but do you know what's legal in Georgia?  

Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine was in Albany Tuesday urging everyone not to be tempted to bring illegal fireworks into the state. Only items considered sparklers that don't explode are legal in Georgia.

Oxendine worries because of the economy and high gas prices, more people will put on their own displays at home. 

"I think you're going to have people at home, not as many public displays, a lot more people will probably be doing fireworks at home than we might have seen in the past," said John Oxendine, Safety Fire Commissioner.

Oxendine says only adults should handle fireworks. You should use a long lighter to ignite them and always have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.

      • Click HERE for some tips on safely handling fireworks

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