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North Platte Fire Department worries about new fireworks being sold this summer

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The summer heat is here which means The Fourth of July is right around the corner. This year the state of Nebraska has some exciting news. Sales of bottles and skyrockets have been approved and will begin this summer.

Although they are legal in Nebraska now, it is still illegal to discharge these rockets within city limits due to their significant fire danger.

Many may be excited but fire department officials have some concerns.

"They do cause fires and we’re just concerned with people shooting them off all over that we’re going to have a lot of problems." George Lewis- City Fire Marshal at NPFD

If you decide to purchase these rockets, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Keeping your eye on the forecast is crucial over the summer months. In the summer many Red Flag Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service due to high temperatures, low humidity values and strong winds.

These conditions increase the chances of fires igniting and can be very difficult to put out. Winds should be less than 10 MPH as a general rule for launching fireworks.

When launching the rockets, Be sure to do so outside of city limits and have access to water or a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency.

Officials at the fire department want residents to have fun and safe firework season.

"Like I said, just use common sense be careful and have fun but be safe." - George Lewis- City Fire Marshal at NPFD

Firework sales for the state of Nebraska begin June 24 but, North Platte’s sales begin on June 28.

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