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July 3, 2013

Safety urged with fireworks

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Preparation for the show usually takes between three and four hours, Stone said.

The city prepares a plan that covers how many fireworks will be set off over a period of time, and the equipment used in the show is tested to ensure its safety and efficacy, the assistant fire chief said.

After the show is over, the company’s employees will ensure that any fireworks that did not go off are either set off or put in a safe box for proper disposal, Stone said.

VIEWING TIPS

Here are some Independence Day safety tips from the State Firemen’s Association:

▶ Obey all public-safety barriers set up around the site of a professional fireworks show.

▶ Resist the temptation to get close to the firing site. Often, the best view of a professional display is from a quarter-mile or more away.

▶ Leave pets at home. The loud noise can scare animals and damage their hearing.

▶ Do not pick up or attempt to re-light used fireworks. They may still be active and cause burns.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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WHERE TO WATCH

Here's a preview of where you can see professional fireworks:

Essex: Friday from Beggs Point, beginning at dusk. Keene: Saturday at AuSable Club at St. Huberts at dusk.

Lake Placid: Thursday, "Set the Night to Music," over Mirror Lake, 9:30 p.m.

Plattsburgh: Thursday about 9:30 p.m. at Macdonough Monument.

Saranac Lake: Thursday at dark, Lake Flower boat launch.

Schroon Lake: Thursday over the lake about 9:30 p.m.

St. Regis Falls: Thursday at dusk, as part of the Volunteer Fire Department's Field Day.

Ticonderoga: Thursday at 9:30 p.m. or dusk, fireworks at Bicentennial Park.

Westport: Saturday at Ballard Park around 9:30 p.m.

 

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