NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Fireworks went on sale Friday at noon in North Platte and the fire department was out visiting all 13 stands to make sure they met the safety regulations.
Deputy Fire Marshal, Mike McConell, inspects firework stands Friday afternoon in North Platte. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)
Deputy Fire Marshal, Mike McConnell, conducted the inspections to see if they met the certain safety standards. McConnell said some of what he was looking for was making sure they had marked exits, a no smoking sign and a sign warning patrons not to light fireworks within 300 feet of the tents.
There are also fireworks that are illegal to be sold or set off. Those include: M-80s, M-100s, bottle rockets, cherry bombs and sparklers with metal handle.
"A lot of people already know about the M-80s the M-1,000s with the great big kaboom's they have with those," said McConell, "The biggest one that people aren't aware of are the metal sparklers. Those are illegal in the state of Nebraska and the reason for that is they reach heats of 1800 degrees, so a lot of times parents will light them and hand them to their kids. It's very scary you know you're handing them a piece of metal that is 1800 degrees."
McConnell said there are a few things to keep in mind when lighting off fireworks this year.
"My biggest thing for the people is just have fun but be careful. If a firework doesn’t go off when you light it, don’t go over the top of it. If an artillery shell doesn’t go off, don’t put your head over it to see if it’s still lit, only bad things are going to happen so just be careful have fun have a good time, but just keep the safety in mind," said McConell.
Another thing McConell said it good to have when lighting them off it a garden hose nearby and he said to dowse the fireworks in a bucket of water before placing them in the trash.
"In the last few years we’ve always had calls where the trash cans have melted during the night," said McConell, "So just make sure they’re nice and cool before they go into the trash receptacles."
Fireworks are on sale Friday-July 3rd. Here is a list of when they can be shot off.