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Firework safety tips for New Year's Eve

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

New Year's Eve is the time for a brand new start, but bringing in the new year is never complete without lighting up the sky. Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is urging people to stay safe and obey laws during this holiday season when it comes to shooting off fireworks.

"No fireworks are permissible within any city limits, and residents in the unincorporated areas are allowed to shoot off fireworks," said LCG spokeswoman Cydra Wingerter. 

LCG is asking those who are shooting off fireworks to read labels, light one firework at a time, and always have a bucket of water nearby. 

"When people are lighting off fireworks, that they are lighting them and moving away properly. Making sure there is a clearance and there are no vehicles nearby that could accidentally get ignited, and also making sure the trees are clear," Wingerter said. 

The owner of Louisiana Fireworks, Josh Marietta, said he loves fireworks and selling them to his customers, but he also believes that safety comes first. 

"The most important thing to do is to exercise caution and read the labels. There are warning labels on all the fireworks, and they tell you what the item is going to do and how to properly shoot it," Marietta said. 

Marietta also warns that fireworks are enjoyable, but can cause major harm if you are not safe. 

"The biggest thing I would say is to monitor your kids with sparklers. That's where more than half of firework injuries come from is with sparklers. Make sure your children understand what they are holding and what they can and cannot do with a sparkler," Marietta said. 

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