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Columbus Fire Officials offer fireworks safety tips

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As of July 1, aerial fireworks or the ones that actually leave the ground, are now legal in the State of Georgia.

Columbus fire officials want to make sure you and your family have a great time while also staying safe. 

Deputy Chief Greg Lang with the Columbus Fire Department said make sure you read the directions on the packaging so you know how to properly light it, especially Roman candles. 

"The best procedure for lighting a Roman candle is to stick it in the ground and make it secure, and then go ahead and light it and then as soon as you see it's lit move away from it," he said. 

Other precautions include:

  • Never lighting fireworks in a metal or glass container because it can explode.
  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Go outside in an open area where there are no buildings around or vehicles that can get damaged.

Also, you never want to mix alcohol and fireworks. 

There are also specific times fireworks can be lit in the sky. 

On a normal day, you have to stop by midnight, but on holidays like New Year's and the Fourth of July this weekend, you don't have to stop until 2 a.m. 

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