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Tips for getting fireworks safely to their destination

How to keep the rockets’ red glare outside your car

Published: July 03, 2014 09:00 AM

We all love a good fireworks show, but lighting off pyrotechnics yourself clearly presents a number of potential hazards, starting with how they are transported. If you are planning your own display, here are some tips from Consumer Reports and the Department of Transportation on how to safely move them.

  • Never attempt to light a firework within your vehicle, either as a driver or passenger.
  • Never smoke near or while handling fireworks.
  • Transport fireworks in a spark-proof container, such as a plastic container.
  • Travel with the fireworks in your trunk.
  • Make sure fireworks are kept out of direct sunlight and don’t store them in a hot car when not driving.
  • Don’t use the car’s cigarette lighter to launch fireworks.
  • Don’t leave fireworks unsecured or unattended, especially when children may be around. If you need to make a stop while traveling, lock the fireworks in the trunk.

Also, remember fireworks are not allowed on aircraft, in either checked or carry-on luggage, and public transportation may have specific restrictions, as well.

If you plan to purchase fireworks, four states—Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York—ban all consumer fireworks. Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Vermont allow novelty fireworks.  The rest of the states allow some type of use, but the laws vary.

See a full list of the firework control laws in your state.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Liza Barth

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