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Officials: Don't let the folly of fireworks misuse befall you

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Fireworks can be fabulously fun but can easily turn into a fearsome tragedy if not used properly.

Lt. Patrick Dunn, deputy fire marshal for Pitt County, told reporters during a press conference last week that the bulk of injuries that paramedics and health professionals see from fireworks come from misuse or inexperience.

"Now sparklers may look like they're fine for young children to use but these things can reach up to 1200 degrees," Dunn said. "In comparison, water boils at 212 degrees."

Also of importance if you are going to purchase your own fireworks is making sure they are legal in North Carolina. Craven County fireworks salesman Joey Jones said there's several types that are not permitted in the Tar Heel state.

"Basically anything that goes up in the air like a mortar or a bottle rocket anything moves on the ground crawls or moves sparks like that (or) anything with firepower of an M80, any of those are not allowed in North Carolina," he said.

Jones says his tent tent workers never sell fireworks to customers under 18 but he says a lot of times after the purchase children tend to get there hands on the devices.

From a safety standpoint, fire officials say to wait 30 minutes or longer to pick up remains after firing off the fireworks, as they can still be very hot. Also, dampen the area around where the fireworks will be placed to decrease the risk of starting something nearby on fire.

Of course, Greenville Fire and Rescue officials say the safest thing yet is to attend a professional display somewhere in the area as opposed to doing your own.

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