By HDN staff
What would Independence Day be without fireworks? Perhaps nothing is more appropriate to celebrate the flash and beauty of the birth of our nation than the flash and beauty of fireworks.
But remember, our government was created not just to protect our rights and freedom, but to protect our safety as well. Fireworks are dangerous, and being injured celebrating freedom and safety seems kind of ridiculous.
Fireworks are fun and exciting, but please remember, they are not toys. Adult supervision is required, even for ladyfinger firecrackers, which could severely injure a child's hand if used improperly.
Larger fireworks are extremely dangerous, and could easily kill or maim. The old-time favorites, like M-80s and M-100s, are not even truly "fireworks." They are federally banned explosive devices. Imagine giving your eight-year old a pack of dynamite to play with it's about the same thing. And the danger is the same for adults, as well. Proper, legal handling of fireworks is a must for everyone.
It is also illegal to use fireworks inside the city limits, but such use this week is taking the time of the law officers in town, preventing them from investigating other situations and potentially leading to criminal charges and fines to the people using them.
Care and safety are a must. Fireworks may only be used outside of city limits, in safe areas where the use will not start a fire. They must be used according to the directions, and be legally approved items.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.