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Fourth of July Firework Laws in Florida

The Fourth of July is this Friday and stands are already selling fireworks but you'll have to be careful to follow the law.

If a firework leaves the ground and explodes, it's considered illegal.

Joseph Picard says he buys his fireworks from Alabama.  "I mean I don't see why we have to go to Alabama to get fireworks. Why is it illegal to buy fireworks here when it is legal 20 minutes up the road?"  He says shooting off fireworks is a part of celebrating the Fourth of July.  "They are pretty. They shoot up in the air and go boom. Everyone loves that and the big artillery ones, the canons, boom!"

Chuck Anderson manages Firework City.  He says "These sparklers are things you can buy in Florida. The snap and pops. Little boxes like this that you can pick up and throw on the ground."

Pensacola City Fire Marshal, David Allen, says even though Florida law says you can't light fireworks that leave the ground, each year someone does and gets hurt. "If something does not go off obviously there are going to be duds, what we call duds and if it does not work don't try to go over and kick it or light it or anything like that. Just put it in a bucket of water and make sure it fuses out."

Florida law classifies it as a first-degree misdemeanor, which means those convicted could face up to a year in a prison, a $1,000 fine and court costs.