PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As the Fourth of July approaches, local security officials want people to be more careful when it comes to fireworks. They can cause serious injury, and some officials prefer you to let the shows shine to their advantage.
Families will be packed up at the Phantom Fireworks in Bucks County before the Fourth of July. From the latest line of fireworks sparklers, families want to celebrate with a bang.
“Fireworks and sparks go everywhere and everything is going up and exploding,” Adriana Rodriguez, of Atlantic County, said.
But every pop comes with the risk of injury. Authorities say that good handling is critical.
“A lot of burns, a lot of hand injuries,” Bensalem Township Director of Public Safety Frederick Harran said.
Harran says approved fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania within 150 feet of a busy structure. It is suggested using common sense and courtesy.
“You’re burning someone’s house down, causing aggravation of people in the house, injuring yourself, your family, your own property, is it worth a couple of minutes to see some color in the air?” Harran said.
It is also illegal to show fireworks in the direction of a vehicle or use them while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Philadelphia’s police commissioner says the violations will be taken seriously.
“Using either commercial grade or illegal explosive devices such as M-series devices can lead to serious charges,” Danielle Outlaw said. “We’re talking about crime here, many of which are going to be prosecuted.”
To be extra cautious, ask before you buy, or simply leave it in the hands of professionals and enjoy one of the regional shows. You can find a list of shows in the Philadelphia region by click here.