Local leaders discuss fireworks safety ahead of July 4th holiday weekend

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We are only a week away from the Fourth of July weekend and due to COVID-19, the holiday for many will be different this year.

It is what many look forward to.

It’s a time to celebrate America’s birthday, and all the festivities that follow, which include, firework shows.

However, this year, due to the pandemic, New Hanover County and others are doing what they believe is best.

“The large community events are being cancelled or postponed this season,” Wilmington Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Wendy Giannini-King said.

She included that this means more people could turn to doing their own firework shows, which is not recommended.

“Every single year, there is a fire related to fireworks, in and around our area,” King expressed.

She said those who plan on using fireworks should consider a few things first.

“If you’re using fireworks that leave the ground and head up…the rockets then that’s illegal.”

That also includes any other form launched from the ground like firecrackers, ground spinners, roman candles, and more.

Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department said not only does the sound of these fireworks scare animals, but there is a reason why certain ones are restricted.

“The law reads that there are certain fireworks that are illegal and certain ones that are legal. When you have a large show like downtown or one of the beaches, they have got permission, which the law allows for to hire a company and come in,” Brewer explained.

He added that people should only use the ones that do not leave their control or make loud noises.


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