Posted: Jun 22, 2013 5:32 PM by Michelle Clemens
Updated: Jun 23, 2013 8:22 PM
COLUMBIA - With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, local fireworks stores say they had more business Saturday than they have in weeks.
"Today was definitely our busiest day of the season so far," said Laurel Critchfield, a retails salesperson at Spirit of '76.
State Fire Marshal Randy Cole reminds Missourians that public firework displays are the "safest way to enjoy fireworks." He added, "Fireworks are unpredictable and potentially dangerous for users, bystanders, and any surrounding structures when not used properly."
But Critchfield said individuals can safely use fireworks. "If you use them correctly and you follow general firework safety instructions and stay away from them when they're blowing up basically, then they're pretty safe." She warned parents to watch kids using sparklers. "Make sure that they're holding them correctly, make sure that you pay attention to them when they have them." Critchfield said sparklers are "One of the most injury-prone fireworks because kids don't know how to use them."
Fire Marshal Cole offered some safety tips, as well: