HATTIESBURG, MS – Fireworks are an Independence Day tradition. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 103 million Americans are expected to attend fireworks celebrations this year.
Hattiesburg fire officials are hoping residents get out to a fireworks show. Because if you live inside city limits, popping them at home is against the law.
“A lot of fires result from the embers that are being produced by fireworks. It can cause grass fires and building fires,”Johnny Jackson with Hattiesburg Fire Department said.
Lighting your favorite firecracker could lead to a $251.75 fine from Hattiesburg police Department.
For those living outside city limits, here are a few tips from the CDC you should always remember:
- Never let children light fireworks on their own.
- Always have an adult’s supervision.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. It often means they are designed only for professional displays.