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Officials Trying To Keep Fireworks Dealers In Check

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina does not allow fireworks that explode or can be launched, and local authorities are cracking down. Plus, dry conditions may cause your Fourth of July to go up in smoke this year.

In recent days, Raleigh fire investigators have confiscated boxes of illegal fireworks from roadside stands.

"We're going to immediately confiscate and hold these in our possession, but also it is illegal, so law enforcement may take action," Raleigh fire educator Jan Parker said.

The types of fireworks permissible for use in North Carolina include sparklers, fountains and novelty fireworks that do not explode, such as "snap and pops" and "glow worms."

Fireworks that are illegal include:

  • firecrackers
  • ground spinners
  • roman candles
  • bottle rockets
  • mortars
  • any pyrotechnic that is intended to spin, leave the ground or fly through the air
  • Parker said this year's weather is fueling increased fireworks worries. She warns any fireworks can cause fires, but the illegal kind that fly or explode are much harder to control.

    "We are extremely concerned about the dry conditions," she said. "We know how easily the grass, the woods, landscaping materials can ignite."

    Firefighters cannot keep you from setting off legal fireworks, but they said they would prefer when the weather is very dry outside, let the professionals put on the show. Officials also have a number of other tips for the upcoming holiday.

  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars or buildings.
  • Never alter fireworks or attempt to make your own.
  • Light one device at a time and move away from it quickly. Never approach fireworks that have not functioned or have fizzled.
  • Stay clear of tinder areas.
  • Keep a water hose handy.
  • Keep children at a safe distance.
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