Houston suspends sale of roman candles, parachute fireworks
On every holiday that involved fireworks, you’ll find Houston Fire Chief Christian Hartley at the stands, educating people about ways to stay safe.
"The key thing is making sure you have water on site. So if a spark lands in the grass and ignites you can immediately put it out,” Hartley advised.
There are some fireworks that pose more of a danger than others when the weather is hot and dry. That’s why, in a rare move, the department suspended the sale and use of four types that can be unpredictable.
"Roman candles that can shoot off in random directions,” Hartley explained. “The aerial ones that are called Saturn batteries with missiles, they’re in a small case or box and they shoot off in random directions, you can’t control the flight path on.”
Helicopters and parachutes with flares are also o the list but Gorilla Fireworks managers said there are still options for people who like that style.
"We have a big one with a 109-inch parachute and a full G.I. Joe the bottom,” Jackie Johnson pointed out.
Chief Hartley said fireworks only cause a small percentage of wildfires in Alaska but with increased fire danger it’s best to take all precautions.
"If an accident does happen just call 911, don’t try to stomp it out. Call 911 then pour water on it,” Hartley said.
He said following the instructions and having a sober person on site is is the best way to ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July for everyone.
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