Firefighters work with fireworks sales on safety message

Firefighters hope people will be careful with fireworks this holiday weekend. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Firefighters in Seymour are working with fireworks sellers to get customers to be safe when setting off fireworks during the 4th of July.

Carla Jones and her two grand kids were shopping for fireworks at a sand in Seymour on Thursday afternoon. The kids wanted sparklers, but she was looking for variety.

"We're looking for the whole kit and caboodle," said Jones. "We get to see fireworks every night from Dollywood so this is going to be spectacular."

Firefighters are working with fireworks salesmen in the area to promote safety. Seymour Fire Department is showing stand operators how to use fire extinguishers, and putting up flyers on safety for customers.

"We average 3-4 brush fires or small wild land fires each 4th of July and they're usually attributed to fireworks," said Andrew Scruggs, with Seymour Fire. "Fireworks used by small children are also dangerous. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees."

Scruggs says children should be supervised and people should shoot fireworks where there's limited combustible materials. He says you should also have water handy just in case.

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