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The Safe Way To Do Your Own Fireworks

The Safe Way To Do Your Own Fireworks
Lafayette Parish rules on fireworks
Posted at 5:44 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 06:44:47-04

When you walk into a fireworks stand, it can be hard to decide where to look first. Do you go to the sparklers? The Roman Candles? Straight to the Grand Finale? We're told, you should see a store employee before you begin your shopping.

"You can ask anyone in our store for any issues or foreseen problems," says Jennifer James at Louisiana Fireworks.

Before you leave the store, be sure you're comfortable with what you're buying and how to use it. Then when you're picking a spot to set up, don't forget the local laws.

"It is illegal to set off fireworks in the city limits of Lafayette," says Alton Trahan, Public Information Officer for Lafayette Fire Department.

With any specific questions about your neighborhood, call your local fire department before you take a match to anything. No matter where you live though, there are a few rules that always ring true.

"We always recommend at least a fire extinguisher, water hose or small bucket of water in case there's a small fire. But you want to set the fireworks off away from a structure and if its an airborne fireworks, point it in the direction where there's no structure, no overgrown field because in the years past we've had fields that eventually ignite in fireworks," says Trahan, adding that adults should always be nearby if anyone under the age of 18 is partaking in the fun and loose clothing that could catch on fire should be avoided.

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