Fireworks will again light the night sky on July 4 over Greenville.
Main Street Greenville will sponsor the fireworks display, which is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Greenville.
The fireworks will launch from the levee just south of the city front in downtown Greenville.
If the event is canceled due to weather, it will be rescheduled to the next weather appropriate day. Main Street representatives will make notifications on social media if there is a rescheduling. The fireworks will still be launched if it’s sprinkling or overcast.
With several firework stands set up across the county, many residents have been stocking up for Independence Day entertainment at home.
Although fireworks can be fun, local residents should be mindful of the law.
Anyone caught setting off fireworks within the city limits can face a fine up to $300.
Shooting fireworks in the county is perfectly OK, however, people should be aware of the damage the activity can cause if caution is not used.
According to the National Safety Council, eight people died and more than 12,000 were severely injured in 2017 due to fireworks-related incidents.
Although the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, approximately 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices, such as small firecrackers and sparklers.
For those who choose to use legal fireworks, the National Safety Council (NSC) offers several safety tips on their website, nsc.org, including:
n Never allow young children to handle fireworks;
n Older children should use them only under close adult supervision;
n Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol;
n Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear;
n Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands;
n Never light them indoors;
n Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material;
n Never point or throw fireworks at another person;
n Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting;
n Never ignite devices in a container;
n Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks;
n Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding;
n Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire; and
n Never use illegal fireworks.