Independence Day Usually Means Fireworks…

But you may have to wait this year.  With most of the region under extreme drought conditions, many communities have banned the personal use of fireworks.  Some have even cancelled their town or city fireworks.  The ban for the City of Evansville began on June 29 and is set to continue for seven days.  The Vanderburgh County Commission has also banned the personal use of fireworks for the county.  Violations of the ban may lead civil penalties up to $2500. 

For an updated list of the cities and counties that have banned fireworks, you may visit the list posted here

When you are finally able to shoot off those fireworks to celebrate the 4th, here are some fireworks safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety

1)      Use fireworks outdoors only. Choose an open area away from spectators, homes, buildings or dry vegetation.

2)      Have water handy either bucket or hose.

3)      Never relight a “dud”

4)      Don’t use alcohol while shooting fireworks

5)      Don’t use homemade fireworks

For more firework safety tips, visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org/news_releases/fireworks_safety_starts.pdf

From all of us at the BBB, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!  Happy Birthday America!

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Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.

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