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WILMINGTON -- Fourth of July is right around the corner. Many people celebrate our country's freedom with fireworks.

The Fourth of July just wouldn't be the same without fireworks, but playing with these colorful pyrotechnics could get dangerous.

Brent Holland sells fireworks. He said, "These are called blasts. They're the closest things to firecrackers that we have."

Holland is gearing up for July Fourth, a time when his business booms.

Holland said, "Fireworks haven't been legal in North Carolina all that long, and it's nice now that we can actually sell things and there's a lot of nice color. The stuff we sell here is very safe."

Safety is certainly a concern this time of year.

Local firefighters say the holiday weekend typically brings dozens of calls for house fires and burn injuries.

Wilmington Fire Captain Frank Blackley said, says accidents are commonly caused by illegal fireworks that cause big explosions -- types of pyrotechnics that Holland doesn't sell.

"We can't sell anything that launches in North Carolina," Holland said. "Nothing like bottle rockets. We can't sell things that simply explode, like firecrackers."

Here's what is legal

  • smoke and punks
  • fountains
  • novelties
  • crackle and strobes
  • sparklers

Keep in mind: no matter how small the spark experts say use caution.

Fire officials say when handling fireworks a good rule of thumb is to have a bucket of water nearby to throw your fireworks in when they go out.

Because July Fourth falls on a Wednesday, local police departments say they'll be stepping up security over the next two weekends, keeping an eye out for illegal fireworks, and impaired drivers.

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