By Wendy Holdren
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.
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