CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Fireworks; they're pretty to look at but can be pretty dangerous if you are not careful.
"Unfortunately, fireworks are a problem every year," Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Deputy Chief of Patrol Jeff Estes, said.
"A lot of burns that are causing and explosions that are causing the loss of fingers, the loss of ears," Senior Fire Educator Amy Rea, said.
Charlotte law enforcement and Levine Children's Hospital have joined forces this 4th of July to try and raise awareness, promote education and safety for those who choose to buy fireworks, rather than leaving it to the pros.
"We understand you are going to enjoy fireworks. We want you to enjoy the legal fireworks. We want you to go to the big show, have a great time at the show, but be safe and we also want your home safe," Rea said.
They also shared some key safety reminders:
- Adults should be the only ones handling fireworks
- You should always have a hose or bucket of water nearby to put out any mishap
- They say people should never try to re-light any fireworks that didn't go off the first time around.
While some fireworks are legal in North Carolina, they can be just as dangerous as the ones that shoot out and explode...but the warnings don't stop many North Carolina residents from heading to the stateline to get fireworks.
"Obviously the difference from the ones in North Carolina is that they don't explode, so they aren't as much fun. So we buy them here and yes we transport them back to North Carolina like everyone else but we go and shoot them over a lake so they don't land on anything, on any fields or trees or dry grass or anything like that," Derek Risley explained.
Firework shops in South Carolina told FOX 46 Charlotte their number one priority is to make sure people know what they are getting themselves into, noting even something as simple as a sparkler can reach temperatures capable of burning you.
"So safety is the number one factor definitely. Not where you are going to with them, that's just not our concern. We leave that to someone else," House of Fireworks Owner Fawna Peterson, said.