Fireworks safety tips to remember this Fourth of July

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fireworks go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July, but firefighters want to make sure everyone is safe this holiday.

Here are some tips:

On rainy evenings, don't light fireworks. Firefighters say the fireworks can absorb water from the wet ground, causing it to not go off when you want it to, but rather when you least expect it.

Never relight that "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Also, don't try to alter or combine fireworks, and always make sure you have a bucket of water nearby.

Firefighters also say because of the dry weather conditions, it is more important than ever to make sure you point fireworks away from brush and trees.

Make sure you are allowed to have fireworks where you live before you light them.

Fireworks are illegal in the city of Charleston, and that includes areas of West Ashley and James Island.

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