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New Year's Eve Fireworks Safety

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FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Many families will be out tonight celebrating the start of the New Year with Fireworks.

local authorities say don't forget to be safe.

"We have fire crackers we got poppers," said Tony Esters a parent out shopping for fireworks on New Year's Eve for his son.

"I like to have fire cracker wars with my friends," Anthony Esters said, Tony's 14-year-old son.

He said his main concern is keeping Anthony safe.  

"WE don't want anyone to lose anything," he said. "We just want them to have a good time. My daughter is going to be supervising."

"You can have a good time but also be safe, said Hope Andy, another parent buying fireworks for her children.

"Keep the kids away from them keep and them at a safe distance," said Lt. Carlton Sims with Petal Fire Department.

He said they always receive calls related to fireworks accidents on New Year's Eve.  

"Don't give a lighter or match to a little one to light the fireworks and have some sort of supervision," he said. "Always go by what the manufacturers instructions say on the fireworks."

It's important to know the city regulations in your area regarding fireworks.

"Most cities in this area have an ordinance against shooting fireworks inside the city limits," he said.

If an accident does occur, make sure the little ones know how to call for help.  

Another thing to watch out for are pets. Author ties say sometimes they get a hold of fireworks and try to digest them. That could be dangerous for them as well.

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