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Safety awareness Fourth of July weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  Fireworks are banned in the City Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, they are allowed in other areas of Horry County.

The ban means you cannot buy, sell, or shoot fireworks within city limits; those who ignore the rules, will get a ticket and a fine.

Local officials say, often, visitors are the ones who are unaware of the rules, and break them.

Fireworks shops in Horry County, where fireworks are permitted, are already seeing business boom ahead of the holiday. The manager at Phantom Fireworks, Bruce Capwell, said each day, the business will sell about five figures worth of fireworks, but by the weekend, he expects to head to six figures.

“We see a lot of people from out of town taking them back for their parties. on the 3rd and the 4th, that's when we see mostly locals come in. They're gonna stock up for their parties,” Capwell said.

Since fireworks can be dangerous, Capwell said customers can get a firework safety review, at the store. Phantom Fireworks also sells pyro safety kits which includes gloves, a collapsible pail, and other items you need, so if something goes wrong, you're prepared.

Although fireworks are banned in many areas of the Grand Strand, the fourth of July still remains one of the busiest holidays for fire and police, due to fires and injuries.

“Only about 2% of our fireworks injuries occur from displays such as the one on the cherry grove pier, on the 4th of July,”said North Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal Keith Williams. “The vast majority of our injuries, about 40% of those, occur from the youth.”

Believe it or not, Fire Marshal Williams says many of those injuries, are from sparklers. That's why fire officials urge you keep kids hands off fireworks, or at least provide adult supervision.

When it comes to adults: Booze and fireworks, do not mix. Fire Marshal Williams says these are some reasons, two out of every five fire calls on the holiday, involve fireworks.

If you are shooting them off, make sure it's outside of the city limits, in an open space, away from brush and homes. Then, make sure you dispose of them correctly, to keep a fire from happening, later on. Also, be armed with the right equipment: safety glasses, a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water. If you don't, you could risk being one of the more than 200 people safety experts say end up in the Emergency Room for fireworks, related injuries, around the holiday.

“We have a lot of eye injuries, face injuries, a lot of hand injuries, and arm injuries of where fireworks go off too soon and the consumer is injured with those early detonation fireworks,” said Fire Marshal Williams.

Statistics show, more than half the injuries are burns. North Myrtle Beach Fire spends time preparing the fireworks show in Cherry Grove, so you have a safe view.

Local Fireworks Shows:

  • The Pelican's will also shoot off fireworks, Thursday and Friday, at the game.
  • Broadway at the Beach will also have a firework show, Friday at 10 p.m. and Red, White and Boom, on the 4th.
  • 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach will blast their show, Saturday, at 10 p.m..
  • Barefoot Landing will have their fireworks, around the same time.
  • The annual Cherry Grove Pier show, will be at 9:30 p.m.
  • Murrells Inlet will bring back their fireworks display, on the 4th, as well

North Myrtle Beach fire officials say, the idea in all of these shows, is to leave the handling of fireworks, to the experts. They hope in doing so, there will be less injuries, this year.

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