TYLER (KYTX) - After some terrible 4th of July accidents, fire crews are sending out warnings to the public: firework danger looms even after the show is over.
The stands aren't selling fireworks anymore, but people have stocked up and will continue to fire them off all weekend.
Firework disposal accidents aren't as common within the city limits, but out in the rural county areas, it's a common and dangerous problem.
When Justin Northcutt celebrates, he likes to make a little noise!
"I've been shooting fireworks forever!" he says. "Since I was a little kid. Shooting fireworks is what 4th of July is about!"
By now, he's pretty much a pro and knows how to keep it safe, not only during the fun, but also after the fireworks have been shot.
"Accidents happen, I mean no one can predict where the mishaps come in, but there's always precautions you can take to avoid them definitely," Northcutt says.
Once you're done shooting off your fireworks and you're sure they're done exploding, the number one thing you need to do is get them wet. You can put them inside a bucket of water or even take a hose to them.
Assistant Tyler Fire Marshal Brandon Davis says that rule also goes for dud fireworks that didn't go off.
"They're still burning in there. People just don't know that. They just throw it in a combustible waste container, put it next to their house or whatever and the next thing you know, we have a fire," Davis says.
It's even more dangerous in current dry conditions.
"We get into the deep summer months and it's hot and we haven't had rain in a while, everything's super dry, it doesn't take much to start a fire at that point," Davis says.
So follow Northcutt's lead: "We just waked up, dunked the whole thing underwater for a couple seconds until there's no more bubbles, take them back out, and we break them in half. You don't have to do that, but we break them in half, make sure all the powder's out of them, and then put them in a metal trash can," he says.
It's a sure way to keep your holiday weekend accident free.
You should always put used fireworks in a metal trash can, so if they do catch fire, the flames won't melt the trash can and spread.
If you need to store fireworks you didn't use, put them in a dry, non combustible area, away from your home or any ignition sources.