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Fireworks safety first for the 4th of July

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Soon, neighborhoods across Central Indiana will be filled with the sights and sounds of July 4th. Before you set off those fireworks, here's a reminder of what you can and can't do. Here's a look at the laws you must follow and some safety tips.

Many of these explosives can cause injuries from bottle rockets flying into people's faces and exploding to firecrackers blowing off fingers. However, some of the most dangerous fireworks are the least expected sparklers that parents so readily light and hand to their young children.

"We're looking at something that will burn at 1,200 to 1,800 degrees. To compare that to something that might sink in to folks is glass melts at 900 degrees. So sparklers are extremely hot and they cause a lot of injuries throughout the country during the Fourth of July. We recommend consumers use extreme caution when using these sparklers," said Mike Pruitt, Wayne Township Fire Department.

In fact, sparklers and bottle rockets are responsible for up to 40 percent of all fireworks injuries. Safety experts say avoid giving sparklers to young children. Also, keep a water source or fire extinguisher nearby when igniting anything.

See more tips on how to avoid fireworks injuries.

A couple of other things to remember to avoid a fine: You can only use them on your property or property where you've obtained permission. You must be 18 to purchase them. Children should always be supervised by an adult and only adults should be lighting them.

Finally, you can only set them off from 5:00 pm to two hours after sunset until the Fourth of July, where you can go all day from 10am to midnight.

See Fourth of July events for central Indiana here.

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