Celebrate July 4th safely


Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

The 4th of July is upon us and you are probably dusting off the grill and scouting out your town's fireworks display, or you may be thinking about shooting off some of your own.

Here are a few things you should know: Kentucky allows things like sparklers and sky fliers statewide, but you will have to get local approval for some of the more dangerous favorites like bottle rockets, roman candles and other aerial items that explode.

Tennessee and Missouri share the same laws when it comes to fireworks.

They are the least restrictive in our viewing area and allow anything from bottle rockets to aerial items to be purchased and shot.

Illinois has the strictest laws of the four states.

There are no fireworks stands, so your best bet is to pick up novelty fireworks like sparklers at your local gas station.

They light up the sky and symbolize our independence, but fireworks can turn tragic in an instant.

"Couple years ago, statistics showed that there was like 18,000 fires that were caused from fireworks," said Mayfield, Kentucky fire chief Mike Jones.

And injuries are all too common, as well.

Last year Chief Jones said there were more than 10,000 injuries nationwide.

Just a simple sparkler reaches temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees.

"You can imagine how hot that is when your boiling point is 212 degrees," said Jones.

Jones says to avoid starting a fire or stepping on a hot sparkler that has been tossed in the grass, you should have some provisions around the yard.

"Like a bucket of water to put the sparklers in when they get done," said Jones.

And he says never, under any circumstance, use fireworks of any kind under the influence of alcohol.

Chief Jones says the wet weather we have been seeing around the Local 6 viewing area will cut down on the risk of fire this Fourth of July.