Avoid using hand sanitizer before handling Fourth of July fireworks, officials warn

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

It's hard to imagine celebrating the Fourth of July without fireworks.

About 11 p.m. officers gave a warning to a group lighting fireworks at the baseball field at the former Horace Mann Elementary School on Shadeland Avenue in the city's Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood. But if you've become a routine hand sanitizer user amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, take heed: do not use it before handling fireworks, as the two pose a unsafe - and very flammable - combination.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire officials are stressing the importance of safety while setting off fireworks.

From June 1 to July 2, the site has received almost 9,000 reports of illegal fireworks, where during the same time past year it only received 1,600 reports. The fireworks will be transferred to the California State Fire Marshal and safely destroyed.


Buy only State Fire Marshal-approved (Safe and Sane) fireworks.

Always have an adult present.

A man in NY was arrested for reportedly setting off fireworks that burned down his own home.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.


Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and keep a garden hose on hand.

Never carry fireworks in your pockets.

The best advice is to leave the aerial fireworks shows to the professionals. The only exceptions for extended hours in the ordinance are for New Year's Eve and July Fourth.


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