Last updated: July 03. 2014 3:16PM - 284 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

A fireworks vendor on North Bridge Street provided safety suggestions for the approaching July 4 celebration.
A fireworks vendor on North Bridge Street provided safety suggestions for the approaching July 4 celebration.
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Safety first, said a local fireworks vendor who is selling fireworks in Elkin.

“You always want to have adult supervision. You really don’t want little kids playing with them. Something like that just doesn’t make sense. You just want kids to enjoy it and see a show, but we don’t recommend anyone using fireworks under the age of 16 years old,” said Robert Fritchey of Sanctuary of Mount Airy.

Sanctuary Church is the sponsoring vendor of a big tent in the Food Lion parking lot on North Bridge Street. Fritchey is supervising all sales of TNT Fireworks.

“The good thing about what we do here with the TNT fireworks is that the fuse is glow in the dark. When you’re outside and can see what you’re trying to light,” said Fritchey. “Pro sticks are a slow burn, kind of useful. It’s a slow burning type of fuse.

“Nothing we sell in North Carolina will explode or leave the ground. It’s illegal otherwise. Look, you can put on a fun show with local fireworks, but you don’t want to get things that can pose a danger. Be aware of your surroundings. It’s not you, it’s what’s next to you that you have to watch, too,” he said.

Fritchey said too close for comfort accidents can happen. “We had a friend whose son had a firecracker blow on his hand. He had to spend months of physical therapy just to have use of his hand. This is never a good thing.”

Fritchey said he will be open until midnight Friday. He also said that other fireworks recommendations and tips can be found on TNT Fireworks’ website at www.tntfireworks.com.

According to TNT Fireworks website, fireworks users should obey all local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks, use common sense, read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item. Children should not handle, play with, or light fireworks. Adults should handle and light all fireworks to insure their proper use.

Consuming alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks is not recommended.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.

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