The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 4, 2013

Area fireworks shows planned; safety tips shared

BECKLEY — Southern West Virginia’s night sky will be bright with fireworks during Independence Day and other celebrations that are scheduled.

Here are the times and places to catch a spectacular show:

-- The City of Beckley will host a fireworks show near the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center today starting at 9:30 p.m.

-- Fayetteville will also have a fireworks display today at 9:30 p.m. in the town park.

-- Alderson’s show will start at 10:15 p.m. on the football field; a second show is planned for Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

-- The Greenbrier will host fireworks tonight after the Kenny Chesney show.

-- Oceana will celebrate its heritage day Sunday, all day at the park, with a gospel sing, a picnic and fireworks that evening.

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries around the 4th of July holiday, so here are some tips if you plan on enjoying fireworks at home.

-- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

-- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays.

-- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Even sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees.

-- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

-- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.

-- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

-- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.

-- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

-- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

-- After fireworks finish burning, douse them with water before discarding them in a trash can.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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