OLD TOWN - Tonight is one of many nights this week where families and friends will be setting off fireworks. But as Karina Bolster explains, they can be dangerous if not handled with care.
A spinner may look harmless, but it's hard to say where those sparks may fly, or even shoot off to. Just some factors people should be aware of when it comes to firework safety.
“You have very hot sparks that come out of the device, and a lot of them will land on the ground,” William Sewall, co-owner of Short Fuse Fireworks, says. “So you want to make sure wherever you light off a fountain or ground spinner, that there's no dry debris, you have water nearby, because that's not going to go in the air and burn out.”
Short Fuse Fireworks in Old Town has over 130 devices to set off depending on the kind of show you want, but each one follows the same basic guidelines for safety.
“Light one device, keep everything else away at a safe distance so none of the debris can contact what you haven't light off yet,” Sewall says. “You would have a big problem if you had a little stockpile off to the side that catches.”
As for devices that has multiple shots in them, “It's a single fuse,” Sewall explains. “You light that fuse and it's fused through all the tubes in the device. So light it once, back up and enjoy the show.”
When these tubes launch sometimes they can rock the device slightly. So to take away anything that may happen, take some cinder blocks and pinch it together to keep it stable.
Of course once the fun is done, dispose of the devices properly by keeping them faced away, soaked in water, and put into the trash safely.