North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

July 4, 2013

Always handle fireworks safely

By Morgan Turberville
North Jefferson News

NORTH JEFFERSON — With the Fourth of July right around the corner, there are some important safety tips that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wants people to remember.

First, fireworks are for outdoor use only. They should be used properly and should not be altered or combined.

Always know the local laws regarding fireworks. Some cities, such as Gardendale and Fultondale, do not allow fireworks within the city limits.

Additional information that the sheriff’s office highlights regarding firework safety includes not relighting a “dud” firework. Rather, “wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.”

Also, make sure all spectators “keep a safe distance from the shooter,” and the shooter “should wear safety glasses” when shooting fireworks.

Consumption of alcohol and fireworks should not be mixed.

Only children over 12 years of age should be allowed to handle sparklers.

Homemade fireworks are dangerous and can kill.

Any purchasers must be 16 years of age at least, and the sale of fireworks to anyone who is intoxicated is also unlawful.

It is also illegal to set off  fireworks “within 600 feet of a church, hospital, asylum, public school, any enclosed building , or within 200 feet of where fireworks are stored, sold, or offered for sale.”

For more information and safety tips from the sheriff’s department, go to or call the local city hall regarding specific firework laws for certain areas.