Mo. fire marshal urges caution with fireworks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri fire marshal is cautioning people about the potential dangers from holding their own firework displays.

Fire Marshal Randy Cole says the safest way to view fireworks is to sit back and let professionals handle it. However, the fire marshal’s office says fireworks can be purchased in Missouri until July 10.

Cole says people who put on their own displays should purchase fireworks from a licensed seller. When igniting fireworks, the fire marshal says people should tie back long hair and should not drink alcohol or put part of their body over the device. Fireworks also should not be lighted indoors or pointed at others.

He says fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place and that people should not try to relight one that malfunctions.

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