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New Year's sparkler safety

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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Fireworks light up the Ark-La-Tex sky every 4th of July and New Year's. At Uncle Sam's Fireworks, the owner has a passion for them.

"I love to see them go off... We have got a great view here on New Year's night. The sky is lit up out here at 12 o'clock," said owner, Wayne Reed.

As a retired firefighter, Reed also knows the importance of safety. He tries to stress it with every sale, and he thinks it's great that Bossier City has limited the kinds of sparklers you can sell. They must be free of certain chemicals, chlorates and perchlorates, so people can not create a sparkler bomb with them.

"They'd just burn. The ingredients to make them explode is not in them," said Reed of the sparklers he sells.

Sparkler bombs are several sparklers taped together. They can be extremely dangerous, and one even killed an Arkansas teen in July.

Reed would like to see the entire State of Louisiana adopt the same sparkler rules Bossier City has in place.

When shooting fireworks law enforcement also ask you to have water nearby and to keep a close eye on kids.

"One of the things that we see every year is children shooting fireworks unsupervised, and really that could be a potential recipe for disaster," said Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department.

People can shoot fireworks in Shreveport and Bossier through the January 1st until 10 p.m. each night. at night. On New Years Eve those hours extend until 12:30 a.m. in Bossier and 1 a.m. in Shreveport.

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