Dec 27, 2013 7:19 PM by Akeam Ashford

How to Avoid a Firework Disaster this New Year

They are loud, colorful, and are a big part of ringing in the new year.

According to Louisiana Fireworks manager, Greg Clawson, setting off fireworks the wrong way can cause serious injuries.

"It's never safe to hold anything in your hand. I know a lot of people are tempted to do that, but it's never safe to do that," Clawson said.

Serious injuries each year are mostly reported in states, such as Louisiana, where fireworks are legal.

As a young boy, Elisha Haynes learned you can never be too cautious around fireworks.

"When I was little, I accidentally lit one in my hand. Like everybody who's ever had a firework blow up in their hand, you learn not to do it again," Haynes said.

Clawson says these types of accidents can be avoided if you follow the directions on the box.

"If there's a problem with fireworks, or an issue with someone being injured, it's because they weren't used for what they're designed to do, or they weren't used following the instructions," Clawson said.

Clawson suggests anyone planning to use fireworks should not: Re-fire used fireworks or hold fireworks in your hands. Children under 12 should not use fireworks unless they're closely supervised. He says to always have water nearby, and light fireworks in an open space at least 6 feet away from bystanders.

Lafayette Fire Department Captain Alton Trahan says fireworks are not allowed within city limits of Lafayette.

"Think about burning your home, or somebody else's home as a result of a firework. If somebody else's property is damaged you could be held not only criminally, but financially liable for that as well," Trahan says.



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