No county-wide ordinance for fireworks in Lowndes County

Published 3:37 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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There will be an opportunity to shoot off fireworks in Lowndes County this New Year’s Eve, as no countywide ordinance has been put into place banning their use.

Still, county administrator, Jacqueline Thomas, says that people of Hayneville and other surrounding communities should tread with caution.

“It can be dangerous to shoot off fire works, so for those that do, make sure that you’re supervised and don’t do anything irresponsible,” Thomas said.

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Remember, fireworks can be hazardous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.

For those in Lowndes County that decided to shoot them, remember these tips:

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

• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

• Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

• 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 ignited fully.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• 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 complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.