Officials urge observance of fireworks laws and safety steps

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:47 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) - As we get closer to Independence Day, officials say it’s important to know how to properly handle fireworks.

Government statistics show fireworks injuries sent more than 16,000 Americans to emergency rooms last year.

Shelby Community Fire Department Chief Mike Geisendorfer urges users to stay safe while lighting fireworks.

“When you get ready to light your fireworks make sure that you have your other fireworks covered, so that they’re not exposed to where if you were to have a mishap with a firework it wouldn’t set them off,” Geisendorfer said.

Geisendorfer also said to soak your fireworks in water after using them to prevent any small flames.

He also said to be sure to keep an eye on the weather before lighting fireworks. If it hasn’t rained in a few days, dry conditions can cause a fire to ignite from sparks landing on grass.

Riverside Fireworks co-owner Amy Engelmeyer shared with us the importance of properly opening a firework box.

“When you’re buying a cake or a multi-shot type thing that has a box, make sure that you take the top off the box or at least put a slit so you can open it up,” Englemeyer said.

She said doing this will prevent the fireworks from going all over the place.

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