Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
For the first time since 1940, residents in 31 of New York’s 62 counties will be allowed to legally set off some small, ground-mounted fireworks this 4th of July — meaning the Rochester area is expected to have a little extra sparkle over the holiday weekend.
“Now the kids are happy for the 4th of July,” Tracy Sciortino told the local ABC affiliate June 29, holding up $200 worth of fireworks she’d just bought.
In November, the state passed legislation allowing counties to legalize “sparkling devices” for people 18 and older. And although Monroe County and Genesee County still prohibit all fireworks, sparklers are now allowed in Livingston, Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties.
Fireworks that shoot into the air are still illegal throughout the state.
Jason Guck, owner of Barely Legal Fireworks, said he thinks that permitting some fireworks, even under these relatively stringent conditions, will discourage people from shooting off the illegal fireworks that so often cause injuries and fires.
“I think we’re going to see a lot more fireworks legally, and less injuries, and people are just going to have a grand old time — fireworks are an American tradition,” he said.
If you do decide to head to one of the counties where it’s legal to set off fireworks, you’ll still want to take precautions to do so safely. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Choose a Safe Spot
When setting off fireworks, make sure you’re in an open area free of structures, plants or other flammable items (the same tips go for any fire-related holiday activity, such as grilling; U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,800 grilling-related fires each year, according to data collected between 2007 and 2011).
Wear the Right Gear
Don’t wear loose clothing that could hang over fireworks. Tie hair back and wear eye protection.
Light Them Properly
Light fireworks at arm’s length with a long butane stove lighter, fireplace matches or a punk lighter (a slow-burning stick). Don’t lean over fireworks while lighting them.
Take Care With Duds
Fireworks that don’t go off as expected may still be active and dangerous. Leave them where they are for about 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them, and then soak them in water before disposing of them.
Prepare for the Worst
Have a fire extinguisher, water bucket or garden hose (ideally some combination thereof) on hand in case you start a fire.
If you’re not willing to take these additional steps, it’s probably best to head to a public fireworks show in the area and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.