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Fireworks Sales Begin Sunday

Sales of fireworks for the Independence Day season begin Sunday, June 24. Fireworks can be sold up until midnight on July 4th.

Top Dog Fireworks, the largest fireworks retailer in the area, has a full selection of fireworks available this season. The drought conditions of last summer have not returned. Still, those celebrating the 4th with fireworks need to follow basic safety rules. (See rules below in English and Spanish.) Please help us publicize these safety rules.

As always, Top Dog has contracted with local non-profits and charities to operate our stores in the area.

If you would like an interview about fireworks sales or safety, I will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the store on the Northwest Freeway, 20432 Highway 290 at the Huffmeister exit (one exit past FM 1960). You can speak with me or with members of the Cy-Springs Band Booster Club or band students who are operating this store.

For our media friends, who need an interview in Spanish, please visit with Laura Ceballos of the First Pentecostal Church of Spring Branch, who is managing the store at 11470 Highway 59 (Eastex Freeway) between Hopper and East Mount Houston.

Fireworks have been used to celebrate Independence Day since 1777, the year after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Fireworks Safety Rules

Always read and follow label directions.

Have an adult present. Never give fireworks to small children.

Buy from reliable sellers.

Use outdoors only.

Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).

Stay away from illegal explosives.

Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

Light only one firework at a time.

Never re-light a “dud” firework. (Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).

If necessary to store fireworks, keep them in a cool, dry place.

Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.

Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

–National Council on Fireworks Safety

And remember, always be courteous to your neighbors and pick up your debris.

Consejos de Seguridad Sobre Fuegos Artificiales

· Asegurese de que los fuegos artificiales son legales en su zona antes de adquirirlos o usarlos.

· El uso de fuegos artificiales debe estar siempre supervisado por adultos.

· Nunca intente re-encender o levantar fuegos artificiales que no han funcionado totalmente.

· Nunca permita que ninos enciendan los fuegos artificiales.

· Nunca apunte o arroje fuegos artificiales a otra persona.

· Mantenga a mano un balde de agua o una manguera en caso de incendio o cualquier otro tipo de problema con los fuegos artificiales.

· Encienda uno por vez, luego retroceda rapidamente.

· Nunca lleve fuegos artificiales en el bolsillo ni los encienda en contenedores de metal o vidrio.

Sue Davis

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