Safety meets spectacle as 4th of July holiday nears - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Safety meets spectacle as 4th of July holiday nears

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The skies over Kentucky and Indiana will soon light up with fireworks shows.

Leading up to the 4th of July weekend, fire officials are reminding people to be very careful when using fireworks.

The Indiana State Department of Health says more than one-third of all reported firework-related injuries involve people who are 18-years-old and younger.

WDRB cameras went inside Phantom Fireworks in Clarksville on Wednesday. Workers say they don't sell to anyone under the age of 18, at any time. 

"This is an adult product, we do not sell to children," said Darren McKinley who owns the Phantom location in Clarksville.  

Firefighters in Jeffersonville are expecting an increased number of calls over the next couple of days. 

They say you can cut down on those calls by taking simple steps before you light anything. 

"Sometimes (people) sit a little too close to the fireworks, and sometimes they will tip over and shoot toward the crowd, so we ask that you have at least a 100-foot radius from the firework that is being lit."

The Department of Health and Human Services shows that about 36 percent of all fireworks-related injuries take place to the hands or fingers. 

Experts recommend using a long lighter when lighting fireworks both big and small. 

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