Fourth of July firework safety

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - It's almost July 4th and that means lots of fireworks. Recently, West Virginia state rules changed in regard to fireworks.

Before, you couldn't buy anything that shot up into the air. It was mostly limited to novelty items, like sparklers. Now, you can purchase more heavy duty fireworks. This includes things like Roman candles.

So while you might be able to have your own firework show at home, experts say you'll want to be extra cautious.

"Don't lit it next to a vehicle or next to a building or house. Keep the spectators away to where in case there is an accident that would occur with one of the fireworks everyone is far enough away," said Chief Matthews, Parkersburg Fire Department.

"Children should not be around them without adult supervision. They are very dangerous. We of course do not sell to anyone under the age of 18 without a parent present," said Chrystal Glessner, Sky is the Limit Fireworks employee.

Smaller fireworks, like sparklers, can get up to 1,200 degrees, so watch out for those too.

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