4th of July is coming up this Wednesday and if you are planning to put on your own display in East Texas there are some things you should take into cosideration.

In the City of Lufkin and Nacogdoches, the sale, discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks authorized for sale is prohibited in the city limits.

If you are outside the city limits celebrate responsibly and take some simple precautions to ensure no one is injured as we celebrate our nations Independence.  The best thing to do is to take advantage of the public displays going on in both cities.   In Nacogdoches it's the Freedom Fest at Festival Plaza in Historic Downtown brought to you by Brookshire Brothers.  In Lufkin it's the biggest fireworks display in East Texas with  the City of Lufkin Fireworks Extravaganza brought to you by Mike Love and Associates Law Firm.  I have been to both of these in the past and it really is cool to enjoy the fireworks choreographed to the music here on the station and having everyone in the community out with you to enjoy it.

If you feel you must make your own display, here are some great safety tips!

-Always wear safety glasses and do not wear loose clothing when using fireworks.

-An adult should always be present and supervise the use of fireworks.

-Read all labels and follow all instructions before lighting fireworks.

-Light only one firework at a time.

-Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Consideration should be given to wind direction and ignitability of everything in the landing zone.

-Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand to extinguish an incipient fire.

-Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.

-Never ignite aerial fireworks where overhead obstructions (trees, eaves, wires, etc.) may interfere with trajectory into open air space. Never ignite aerial fireworks near an opening to a building.

-Do not point or throw fireworks at other people. Do not carry fireworks in you pockets. If one happens to ignite, severe burns may result.

-Always keep spectators a safe distance away.

-Dispose of fireworks only after you are sure they are completely out. If needed, spray them down with a hose and allow them to cool overnight. Treat them much as you would fireplace/stove ashes.

OR you can do like me and leave it up to the professionals and enjoy an amazing show for FREE!