Shooting fireworks may be a fun New Year's Eve tradition, but it can also be dangerous. There are some precautions that will make the experience a lot safer for you and your family.
"Common sense should rule and that is what we tell folks. Be very aware of what is around you when your shooting those fireworks and try to do it in a safe location," says Sgt. Bill Goodin.
Fireworks safety tips:
• Read all caution labels on the package
• Place fireworks on a flat surface like asphalt
• Kids should be supervised at all times
• Stand at least 20 feet away from fireworks that shoot sparks
It is also suggested that you keep a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire breaks out.
Up until New Year's Eve you can shoot fireworks until 10p.m., but on New Year's Eve you can shoot them until 1 a.m. After January 1st, you cannot shoot them again until the 4th of July.
Shreveport Police are also warning citizens against shooting guns into the air on New Year's Eve.
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