A fireworks shop employee said the fireworks are getting bigger and better every year, but that means we have to get safer.
Jenson Jones is full of life at just five years old.
One year ago, he spent his Fourth of July in the hospital after a lit firework went terribly wrong.
“The firework was supposed to go out the top. It went out the side. Everyone was getting out of their chair and running, and I was like ‘why is everyone running?'” Jones said.
Before he could get away, he felt the burn.
“I was about to get up and go running, but it came and just hit me in the back three times,” Jones said.
He was rushed to the hospital where he was immediately treated for his wounds.
His mom said this year they will be staying away from fireworks.
“I do have a scar,” Jones said.
Jones hopes to safely use them when he’s older and wants others to be safe this week.
Before you light up any fireworks there are some things you can have on hand just in case something bad happens and to prevent something from going wrong.
“The fireworks these days are big, I mean they are not your snakes and sparklers that we had growing up. They have really escalated the bar,” Torpedo Joe’s employee Brian Jansen said.
Things you should have nearby include bricks, a bucket, and goggles.
“Always have a viable water source to put out any type of grass fire that may occur. If you’re shooting a ‘cake’ that may tip over, always brace it. Wear safety goggles, and alcohol and fireworks do not mix,” Jansen said.
He also said to be cautious when using fireworks that have been in storage for a long time.
“If it gets too dry the fuse will burn too quick and so that would be a concern,” Jansen said.
He’s looking forward to people enjoying this year’s selection, as safe as possible.
“They are really close to what you see down at the river,” Jansen said.
He said to remember it’s never safe to set off fireworks while holding it in your hand.