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Albemarle Fire Marshal Provides Fireworks Safety Tips

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Before you light up the sparklers this Fourth of July weekend, Albemarle County Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn Maddox is doling out some safety reminders. Maddox says his department responds to firework-related injuries every year around this time.

Fire officials want to make sure you know what you're doing when it comes to fireworks during your Independence Day celebrations this year.

“The kids should not be lighting the fireworks. Do it away from dry or dead grass,” said Maddox.

But it's not just children fire officials are worried about.

“The injuries tend to span the generations. The younger kids simply don't know. Teenagers and adults may involve alcohol or not sound judgment,” said Maddox.

If you do decide to buy fireworks, there are lots of options around town. In typical Fourth of July fashion, vendors are popping up all over central Virginia in preparation for the holiday weekend.

Dan Simone visits Albemarle County every summer to run a fireworks stand. He's been making the trip from Loudoun County for three decades, and still loves what he sells.

“I'd say the coolest thing we sell is probably one of these new grand finale fountains we have,” said Simone. “It's 500 grams of fun. It's the most power that's legally able to sell in Virginia. It's got tons of color, lots of whistlers.”

There is one type of firework with which fire officials say you should be especially careful.

“As a whole, the fire service is trying to warn people about sparklers. They burn at about 1,200 degrees, so can easily catch clothing on fire,” said Maddox. “Sparklers are about the worst legal firework there is.”

When celebrating in central Virginia this weekend, remember fireworks of any kind are illegal in the city of Charlottesville.

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