First responders emphasize firework safety with Independence Day

First responders emphasize firework safety with Independence Day on horizon

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In the last three years, there have been 49 firework incidents in Lubbock.

They led to damages worth $120,000, as well as putting about $8 million of property at risk.

This is why Lubbock Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Jones said they will be cracking down even harder on fireworks this Independence Day. 

"When fireworks go off, there's no way to control where they land. Especially at night, where you have people in their homes asleep, and that fireworks may land in somebody's property, catch grass on fire," Jones said.

Star ER Medical Director Jonathan Skelton said if you do light off fireworks, safety is of utmost importance.

In fact, he said the difference is a matter of seconds. 

"Those fuses can go off pretty quickly. The other thing is that a lot of times people think they have a dud. So they've lit it, but it hasn't exploded so they go over, look at it, and before you know it, it's going off in their face or hand," Skelton said.

Skelton added to never assume the fireworks will go off like they are supposed to. 

"These things are not precision instruments. They can go off in multiple directions. That's usually what happens when people get injured," Skelton said.

Lubbock Fire Rescue suggested the safest thing to do this Independence Day is to instead go to the show at Mackenzie Park, where the fireworks will be handled by professionals. 

You can only celebrate with fireworks out in the county, as it is illegal to shoot and even possess fireworks in the city limits.

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