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July 4 safety tips

Officials are advising locals who plan to shoot off fireworks during the Fourth of July to be safe and responsible during that time. 

“Of course, always be under the supervision of responsible adults,” said Chad Dallas, LaGrange Fire Department deputy chief. “Make sure fireworks stay on your property and do not go over into a neighbor’s property and cause damage.” 

As of July 2018, residents may set off legal fireworks from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the state of Georgia, according to Georgia.gov. 

“Do not be under the influence when setting off fireworks and do not aim fireworks at another person, building or animals.” Dallas said. 

An alternative for setting off fireworks yourself on the Fourth of July is attending a show. 

Pyne Road Park will hold a firework show after dark along with live music and a kid’s play zone. Gates open at 10 a.m. and a $10 per vehicle charge is required at the entry gate. 

Dallas advises that a water hose be kept nearby when setting off fireworks. 

“Have one nearby just in case something happens,” Dallas said. “We don’t know what the weather is going to look like yet or how damp the ground will be. We want to prevent grass and forest fires.”

When it comes to being safe, Dallas said to have fun, but to use the best common sense you have on Independence Day. 

“Everybody be safe and have a happy day whether you are on the water or at home and have safety in mind,” Dallas said. “There will be as many people on the lake as there are at home, so be aware of that as well when you are out.”

For Georgia laws on fireworks visit georgia.gov to find out more information.