Officials urge caution with fireworks, campfires

With summer underway and the Fourth of July fast approaching, Michigan officials are urging caution with campfires and fireworks.
AP Wire
Jun 30, 2013


Fire prevention specialist Ada Takacs of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the best way to avoid risk is to attend public fireworks displays and "leave the lighting to the professionals."

But if you do light fireworks, the DNR recommends a number of safety tips.

Sparklers should be placed in a bucket of water after the spark is gone. Point fireworks away from homes — and keep them away from brush, leaves and other things that burn.

Campfires should be built inside fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended, and keep water and a shovel nearby. Be sure to put your fire out completely before turning in for the night.



I wish they were illegal again, there are several people in the area where I live that think between 10:00 and 12:00 is the time to see who can make the loudest explosion. At my age I value a good sleep and these, well you know those, the ah-em, anyway it's too loud and for way too long.


I love fireworks. I don't wish they were illegal, but I do wish people were more responsible and considerate with them. They are NOT legal to shoot off just any day- the local municipalities have set time limits to day b4, day of, and day after a National holiday only (& CG saturday) with time restrictions on those days.
But surely it does not get dark until after 9:30pm, and most fireworks are meant to be seen in the dark! However, let's get 'er done with by 11pm people- last couple of nights it has been after 1am !!! Seems some people are just hell-bent on ruining it for everyone.


Borrowing from Andy Borowitz: If you buy your July 4 supplies (fireworks) at Walmart (or Meijer) you can celebrate our independence from Britain and our dependence on China at the same time.


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