Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
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Fireworks go hand-in-hand with the 4th of July. State officials say the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a public fireworks display. Although, if you're planning on using your own fireworks to celebrate, there are safety tips to keep in mind.
For those planning to shoot off fireworks, safety officials ask the public to ensure fireworks are legal to use in your area. Southcentral Alaska is limited to the city of Houston. According to public safety officials, shooting fireworks could cost up to a $300 fine in Anchorage and up to $500 in the Mat-Su Borough.
"It's an inherent problem when you've got this type of environment and fire, so we just don't let the two mix. We've never had fireworks authorized on the 4th of July. So if you buy them, take them somewhere out of Anchorage. Go up to the valley, if it's legal up there, enjoy it, come back into town," said Anchorage Assemblymember Dick Traini.
Officials warn people choosing to use fireworks legally to take some safety precautions before beginning.
"Most everyone is aware of the wildfires occurring in the lower 48. There's damage of land and extreme damage of homes, and it's our goal to prevent that here in Anchorage. So follow safety precautions, there's a reason that there are laws against use of fireworks," said Capt. Jaime Leon of the Anchorage Fire Department.
Finally, officials ask the public to avoid the combination of alcohol and fireworks.
For accurate times, date, and locations of public fireworks displays call local authorities in each area:
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