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      Staying Safe With Fireworks on New Years Eve

      Columbia, SC (WACH) --

      Casey's Fireworks has been a Columbia icon for more than 60 years.

      They provide customers with safe fireworks to ring in the New Year.

      But fireworks can be extremely dangerous. John Casey says buying from a reputable dealer is one thing a person can do to reduce the risk of injury or fire.

      "People make their own fireworks, then that's where all the injuries come from. The consumer fireworks are built and safety tested, there's huge regulations to make them to where they're safe. But sometimes kids will tear them apart and make their own fireworks.

      Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says December 31st is one of their busier days as well.

      The Columbia Fire Department has gotten calls for firework related injuries and structure fires in the past.

      Jenkins says common firework related injuries are on the hands and finger, and also the abdomen.

      He says not to lean over fireworks while igniting.

      "You gotta make sure that you're not holding fireworks in your hand. The other thing that we see is structure fires that can occur. So we tell people to not shoot off fireworks inside any structure. Garages, roofs, storage rooms...any type of structure." says Jenkins.

      Casey recommends some fireworks this holiday that will provide a light show, but are still safe.

      "We have our preloaded artillery shells which comes with tubes...and there's multiple tubes per box then you just reload the artillery shell, light from a safe distance. We recommend the further you can be from the firework, the better." says Casey.

      Jenkins says the safest option is to go to a fireworks show. They have strict safety regulations and you won't have to spend any money.