Old fireworks pose safety hazard

Posted on: 12:34 pm, July 4, 2012, by , updated on: 04:52pm, July 4, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — While some of you may be getting ready to head to your local fireworks display, others are preparing to set off a few of their own firecrackers.

If you are in the metro area authorities want residents to remember it is illegal, unless you are in an unincorporated area.

Last year, many of those personal displays were put on hold because of the dry grass and lack of rain.

As a result, some may have held on to those fireworks hoping to use them this year.

Before you do, we have a warning; old fireworks can pose a serious safety risk.

Fireworks Warehouse’s Kent Herzog said, “I would inspect them. As long as they aren’t wet and the fuse in tact, they’ll be fine.”

If they have been wet or have any visible damage, it could mean trouble; be safe and dispose of those fireworks properly.

Herzog said, “Our motto is, ‘Be safe. Be smart. Be responsible.’”

OKC Fire Major Tommy Curry said, “If they’re old, bring them by a fire station we can dispose of them.”

Most importantly, if you are celebrating with a few fireworks of your own, make safety a priority.

Herzog said, “Have water available. Don’t let children use fireworks unattended and we want everyone to use common sense.”

Another tip, if you light a firework and it does not go off, don’t immediately approach it.  

Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then immerse them in water before throwing them away.