It is a sight many across East Mississippi and West Alabama look forward to witnessing each and every year and while it is fun for those watching, there is a serious danger associated with actually shooting off the fireworks. That is why those volunteering to put on a fireworks show need to be especially careful when handling fireworks.
"If they'll read and follow all the directions on the fireworks," Greg Chatham with Chatham Fireworks points out. "A lot of times, you know, one of the most important things is if they'll wait until dark when the humidity comes up, the wind dies down, it's a lot safer."
Chatham says while fireworks can be an activity that is fun for families, there needs to be proper adult supervision when children are around fireworks. He says even things like sparklers require that a parent be close by.
"Always have a water source handy and never assume something is out," he adds. "Never try and relight a firework."
Chatham says if the firework won't light, get rid of it. Also, watch out for trees and power lines overhead. Bottom line, Chatham tells us adults need to shoot the fireworks while children watch.
"If you're uncomfortable with it, don't take a chance," he stresses. "Have a good clean, hard surface, concrete or a piece of plywood for a lot of it to shoot it off of."
A reminder that shooting fireworks within the city limits of Meridian is not permitted.