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Safety, fun go hand-in-hand with fireworks

Fireworks can be fun to watch and in most cases to light off. Safety should be the first thing in mind when people are enjoying fireworks.

Friday is the first day in the nine-day period that fireworks can be sold and set off in North Dakota for the Fourth of July holiday. State law allows purchasing and detonating fireworks from June 27 to July 5. Six businesses in Jamestown plan to sell fireworks — everything from smoke bombs and sparklers to items that shoot up in the air and make big noises.

Jamestown city ordinance limits the sale and detonation of fireworks from 9 a.m. to midnight June 27 to July 3. On July 4 fireworks may be set off from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. July 5. Anyone who shoots fireworks outside of the designated hours could be ticketed for violating the city ordinance. Any fireworks-shooting violation is a Class B misdemeanor, which has a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

If you’re shooting off fireworks at home, follow the instructions on the fireworks label and make sure you have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher or other safety precautions nearby in case there is a problem. Children should be under adult supervision if they are using fireworks, like sparklers.

Keep in mind animals aren’t as fond of loud, booming noises and bright, flashing lights as we are. Keep pets inside when setting off fireworks.

Remember professional firework displays are planned throughout the Jamestown area around July 4. The Jamestown Speedway will host a public fireworks display on July 5. The fireworks begin sometime after 10 p.m. and are a great source of family-friendly fun.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)