Be sure you buy your 4th of July fireworks at the stands that have been inspected and permitted. Illegal fireworks include anything that is not approved by the consumer product safety commission is considered illegal explosives and they are often unpackaged and/or wrapped with plain brown paper. They go by names such as M80, Quarter Stick or Cherry Bombs. Consumer fireworks regulated by the Consumer Safety Commission are packaged in bright colors and have safety warning on the packaging with labeling such as 1.4G and UN0336.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following fireworks safety suggestions:

-- Always read and follow the label directions carefully

-- Always have a garden hose or water bucket nearby for medical emergencies and/or to douse spent or misfired fireworks.

-- Adults should always supervise fireworks activity.

-- Fireworks should be placed on a hard, smooth surface prior to ignition. NEVER light fireworks in your hand.

-- Quickly light one firework at a time, and move away quickly after lighting.

-- Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars, or buildings

-- Keep fireworks away from small children.

-- Do not alter or make your own fireworks.

-- After displays, never pick up fireworks that may be left over.

Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury, as they may still be active. Children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves.

There are some big fireworks displays around Lafayette and Acadiana over the  next few days, why not enjoy the spectacle at a huge public display and let somebody else do all the work while you sit back and cheer! And remember fireworks are illegal in the city of Lafayette.

Fireworks Stand Explosion