Holiday tradition: Fireworks revenue flows out of NC
(Asheville Citizen-Times) While other states are relaxing fireworks regulations, no such change is imminent in North Carolina, officials say. The State Fire Marshal’s Office, a section of the N.C. Department of Insurance that oversees the licensing and training of professional pyrotechnics operators, discourages people from using any consumer fireworks, even items that are legal in North Carolina, because of fire hazards and the possibility of personal injury. “We really encourage people to not use consumer fireworks and instead go to a public show that is put on by experts,” Department of Insurance spokeswoman Marni Schribman said. “You still get to see the pretty lights, but you’re at a safe distance.” Even sparklers can be dangerous, she said, especially in the hands of children. Glass melts at 900 degrees, Schribman said, but sparklers can reach temperatures up to 1,200 degrees. “People don’t have any idea how dangerous these things are,” she said.
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