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Play it safe

July 03, 2001

When it comes to fireworks on the Fourth of July, our foremost advice is to go see the professional fireworks shows that are part of Freedom Fest in the skies over Imperial Valley College or at the annual fireworks show in Calipatria. These are good shows the family can enjoy together safely and are a way to celebrate Independence Day with your community.

That said, we are sure there are many people in the Valley who will choose to buy their own fireworks, setting them off on city streets. Make yourself aware of the local laws governing the use of fireworks. Their use is illegal in most Imperial Valley cities.

Most of us probably know that and choose to use fireworks regardless. After all, the fireworks we buy at the stands in the Imperial Valley seem safe enough.

However, the problem is sometimes people, particularly young people, forget about safety. That cannot be allowed to happen. Even sparklers can burn flesh. Parents must be responsible and know what their children are doing. Misuse of fireworks can prove dangerous, even deadly. And the mishandling of fireworks have caused numerous local fires over the years.

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We urge adults to not let children set off fireworks, even if they appear spent or thought to be duds. After you have finished lighting your own fireworks, douse them with water.

What's more, sometimes careless youths walk around throwing fireworks, firecrackers and other such explosives into yards. All that does is endanger those in the community.

Whether you actually go out to IVC's fireworks show, park somewhere in its line of sight or go to the Calipatria event, we hope you have a good time as you enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks shot by professionals.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July and hope local fire departments and police find themselves with nothing much to do on Independence Day.

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