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Safety tips for lighting fireworks

** Use fireworks outdoors only.

** Always have water handy, such as a hose or bucket

** Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.

** Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

** Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.

** Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."

** Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

** Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

** Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. Firecrackers, torpedoes, missiles, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, mines and shells, daygo bombs, chasers and parachutes are prohibited under Minnesota fireworks laws.

Information from the National Council on Fireworks Safety