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Before bringing in the New Year with a bang, know your firework laws

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates last year nearly 9,000 people were injured because of fireworks. 

With the countdown to 2012 just days away, some people are deciding to bring it in with a bang, but you need to know state laws and safety tips to make it a happy New Year.

Wanda Lamb, better known as the Bang, Bang Lady, says New Year's is the second biggest holiday of the year, only after the 4th of July, for firework sales at the business she manages, the Fireworks Outlet in Seale, Alabama.

"We've been seeing like 50, 60, 70 customers a day already.  They're buying 500 grams, bottle rockets, roman candles, sparklers," said Lamb.

Customers look to light up the New Year with colorful smoke, fire, and sparkles.

"Well, boys like to play with fire, and this is a legal way of doing it," said Brad Cary who was buying fireworks with his family.

Georgia is a "Safe and Sane" state.  That means fireworks must stay on the ground like fountains and party poppers.  They also cannot make very loud noises.

Alabama law allows for most consumer fireworks as long as they meet regulations by the consumer product and safety commission, but cities can have their own regulation.  For example, a Phenix City ordinance does not allow fireworks within city limits.

The Bang, Bang Lady says to make sure to read warning labels and instructions before using any kind of firework.

"Please don't shoot fireworks at each other.  That's one item.  Keep water handy.  On my artillery shelf, I like to recommend having a concrete block and setting your tubs down in there.  So you don't take a chance of them tilting over," said Lamb.

She also says to never use homemade fireworks and to always have adult supervision for kids.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also says to light fireworks away from houses, dry leaves, and grass, and do not try to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.   

For more guidelines from the CPSC, click on the following link.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/012.html

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