Thursday, June 20, 2024

Practice fireworks safety when celebrating the new year


BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Ringing in the New Year is often celebrated with fireworks and the Brunswick County Fire Marshal reminds everyone to be safe and follow state laws to use them.

In North Carolina, sprinklers, fountains, and novelty fireworks that do not leave the ground are permitted. Consumer fireworks that do leave the ground are illegal in the state. Individuals should ensure fireworks are legal in N.C. before purchasing them, especially if bought across state lines.

Residents should also check their local municipalities and neighborhoods’ rules and regulations before using fireworks. They should not be used in backyards or other crowded areas.

Never try to pick up or relight fireworks that did not fully ignite. Sparks and smoldering embers can start fires, so a fire extinguisher and water should be kept nearby if used.

Brunswick County is currently considered abnormally dry, with most of the county experiencing moderate drought, meaning the danger of wildfires is higher than normal for the season.

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