4th of July Firework Safety

Published 07/01 2014 06:17PM

Updated 07/01 2014 08:00PM

Five-year-old, Alex, and his brother are getting ready for the fourth of July.

We asked Alex, what his favorite color firework is, and he replied; blue. He said he loves the holiday, but when asked if he'd get near a firework, he sternly replied, No.

Abilene Firefighter, Charles Galco said it's important to remember that fireworks are explosives and should be handled with extreme caution.

"Just like fire, we wouldn't have you play with fire, so same thing with explosives, they need to be supervised by competent adults," said Galco.

Fireworks may look pretty, have creative and sometimes funny names, but they're not toys and should not be handled by children while unsupervised. Galso says there are certain types of fireworks that pose more of a threat than others.

"Projectiles, the ones that rocket away and blast," he said.

"We want people to realize that they are enjoying a freedom and a privilege," said Nancy Masters.

Masters is working alongside her church members at the 'Mr W' firework stand along the I20 East freeway.

"Everybody wants a lot of bang for their buck," said Masters. "So I think most people want to know what's gonna be the most enjoyable and last the longest, and of course people are interested in pricing."

She adds that apart from getting the best bargain, safety should always be the number one priority.

"Never throw fireworks, like firecrackers at someone, if there should be a chance that something ignites."

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