Local And State Officials Urging Fireworks Safety During July 4th Holiday

Local And State Officials Urging Fireworks Safety During July 4th Holiday

Local And State Officials Urging Fireworks Safety During July 4th Holiday Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 25 June 2019 15:39

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

PLEASURE ISLAND - State Fire Marshal Mike Causey and local Kure Beach Mayor Craig Bloszinsky are urging people to be safe over the July 4th holiday when using fireworks.

Causey explained, "Bottle rockets and sparklers seemed like innocent fun when we were kids, but we now realize these devices can be dangerous – especially to young children," said Commissioner Causey. "I want all North Carolinians to enjoy a safe holiday and I hope this video will show the inherit dangers of fireworks and why you should always leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals."

Causey cited figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that show there were 11 deaths and an estimated 11,900 people who sustained injuries due to fireworks in 2015, the most recent data available.

The data shows injuries from sparklers, bottle rockets and small firecrackers accounted for 3,900 injuries requiring emergency room visits.

Handheld sparklers can burn at temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Water boils at 212 degrees. A cake bakes at 350 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees.

Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year and these fires cause an average of $43 million in property damage.

Commissioner Causey urges all North Carolinians to attend public fireworks displays performed by trained professionals licensed by the state.

Mayor Bloszinsky explained earlier this week, "July 4th is around the corner and it is important for me to address the subject of fireworks that over the last few years has grown to be a problem for the community.  The problem is not to limit the fun we all enjoy at this time of the year, but to increase the awareness of the law, issues and problems over the last few years."

Bloszinsky explained State Law N.C. General Statute 14-410 regulates the manufacture, sale, and use of pyrotechnics which are prohibited unless you have a license to exhibit, use, handle or discharge in connection with a concert or public exhibition having been licensed under Article 82A of Chapter 58 of General Statutes.
He explained, "Town Code Chapter 5, Division 4 on Special Events of the Town ordinance prohibits fires or cooking of any kind on the beach strand.  No open flames are allowed on the beach strand including fireworks and tiki torches."

Bloszinsky explained, "Fires We have experienced dune fires every year for the last few years. The last two years we have had trash fires on the beach. Last year’s trash fire almost required an attack line with hoses through a HOA entrance. There is danger of fires spreading through the dunes and into homes. Injuries In the last three years we have had two injuries reported: one person sitting with her 3 year old child was hit in the face and eye on a misfire requiring transport to the hospital; the other injury did not require transport to the hospital."

He said in 2018 the Town issued citations for people that could be identified as leaving litter on the beach for the Public Works Department and Lifeguards to clean up.

He explained, "Our town has limited staff; however we do over staff firemen in 4x4’s with water cans to deal with any small fires. Additional police officers are also on patrol to ensure order and public safety. These are precautions as we do not have the staff to be at all places. Therefore, it is important that people consider weather conditions such as dryness or drought and wind direction that would carry any sparking materials towards housing or our protective dunes. This is important and I hope all will act accordingly."

According to State Law the public can use snake and glow worms, smoke devices that produce colored smoke, wire sparklers, and trick noise makers "that produce a small report designed to surprise the user."

Additionally, "Other  sparkling  devices  which  emit  showers  of  sparks  and  sometimes  a whistling or crackling effect when burning, do not detonate or explode, do not spin, are hand-held or ground-based, cannot propel themselves through the air, and  contain  not  more  than  75  grams  of  chemical  compound  per  tube,  or  not more than a total of 200 grams if multiple tubes are used."

Items that can not be used include roman candles, firecrackers, ground spinners, bottle rockets or any aerial fireworks.

After the display, do not pick up or touch leftover fireworks because they may still be active. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

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