TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and celebrating our nations independence goes hand in hand with fireworks.
With the holiday less than a month away firework sales across the Valley are already heating up.
“Actually it’s starting a little bit earlier than it normally is, we’re definitely happy about that. It seems like the way its going people are getting more excited,” said Kyle Dean, Manager of Dean’s Fireworks in Terre Haute.
Dean attributes the boost in sales to the nice weather.
“Two years ago we had the drought, and last year it rained a little bit too much, so I think people are kind of getting back into it now,” he said.
Dean said while sales are important safety is top priority, and he makes sure to emphasize the importance of safety with every customer.
“We aren’t here just to sell fireworks; we want people to be safe with them. Safety is definitely number one,” he said.
The good news, officials say Terre Haute does an outstanding job when it comes to staying safe with fireworks.
“Over the last few years we had no firework reported injuries or fire related incidents,” said Chief Jeff Fisher, with the Terre Haute Fire Department.
However, national statistics show accidents do happen often.
There were a total of six deaths and more than 8,000 injuries in 2012, alone.
“And that’s why I suggest you leave the fireworks to somebody who knows what they are doing,” said Fisher.
So how do you know if a shop is reputable?
“There should be a certificate on their stand or on their wall in plain sight that shows you that it has been investigated and inspected by the State Fire Marshall,” said Fisher.
Before lighting those fireworks check your surroundings, and have an extinguisher nearby.
“After you shoot off your fireworks, let it cool off, pick up the debris, and put it into a bucket, and douse it with water before throwing it in the trash,” said Fisher.
It’s just one way to continue Terre Haute’s streak of safety.
“Keep up the good work Terre Haute, continue to be safe, and have fun,” said Fisher.
You must be 18 or older and have a valid ID to purchase fireworks.
Vigo County asks that you do not set them off after 10 p.m. or after midnight on holidays.