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Decatur Police: No fireworks complaints over July 4th weekend

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Decatur Police: No fireworks complaints over July 4th weekend

Photo from Decatur Business Association
Fireworks. Photo from Decatur Business Association

Photo from Decatur Business Association

This was the first Fourth of July with a new law in effect that allows the sale and use of consumer fireworks.

In Atlanta, there were 155 fireworks-related complaints and one arrest in the city over the holiday weekend, according to a Creative Loafing report.

But within the city of Decatur, police say there were no major issues.

Lt. Jennifer Ross told Decaturish in an email, “We had no complaints, reported incidents or reported injuries related to fireworks over the weekend. Our staff was briefed on recent changes to the law, and we believe the coverage of the changes to the law contributed to the lack of complaints.”

Lt. Ross provided these fireworks safety tips:

•Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

•A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

•Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

•Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

•Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

•Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

•Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

•Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

•Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

•Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

•Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.