Safety crucial to using New Year's Eve fireworks
Fireworks are allowed on private property in Houston and throughout the Mat-Su, but banned in Anchorage -- and if you are planning to use them, sellers urge that you also use caution.
Monday was shopping day for the Mork family of Wasilla. The list includes some items to ring in the new year with a bang.
"This is Excalibur: fires 24 shots, one at a time, lots of light and loud noise," said Jack Mork. "We got a lot of kids -- going to be a big party, bunch of friends and family."
The Morks found what they needed at Houston's Gorilla Fireworks. Manager Samantha Parsons say two items in particular give customers more bang for the buck this New Year's Eve.
"Artillery shells: you light them one at a time, they do the big break," Parsons said. "As well as our 'show in the box' where it's one light, and it's anywhere from nine to 110 shots, all one after another -- complete show in one box for you."
Fireworks are a beautiful display, but if they're not handled carefully they're also dangerous. That's why safety is key.
"It's important to remember fireworks are not a toy, so we encourage sober, adult supervision," Parsons said. "Making sure you know what products you have, where you're lighting it, what it's going to do, so you have the right area and you're doing it safely."
That includes making sure fireworks are set off in a safe area.
"If you have something that's going to stay on the ground, make sure you've got a clearing on the ground," Parsons said. "Or if it's going to go up in the air, do it in the air without any trees or anything around."
Many people also like to fire their guns into the air on New Year's Eve, but Anchorage police say that's a bad idea.
"Not only is that incredibly illegal, it's incredibly dangerous. What goes up must come down; they're bullets," said APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier.
Meanwhile, fireworks continued to fly off the shelves at Gorilla Fireworks as employees shared words of safety.
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