As I look out the window at a cloudy sky, it occurs to me that we will most likely not have a ban on fireworks in Montgomery County this year. Firework Sales begin in Texas on June 24th and will be available until July 4th at 1:00 AM. Which for many, is a happy thing. I on the other hand have mixed feelings about it. Yes I enjoy the shows, the noise and the fun. I have spent many an hour working in Firework Stands over the last 6 years supporting the Willis Bands – so I have many found memories of Fireworks, friends, shoot offs and fun – did I mention long hours – but once again that is a different story.
During my time serving at the Fireworks Warehouse (off Hwy 75 in Willis); I learned and became very familiar with the many types of fireworks. I am sad to report there were times that I became so comfortable with them that I let my guard down. On one occasion I was a bit careless. Fortunately no one was hurt, nor property damaged during my lapse in care; but I realized that it could have had a different outcome. It could always have a different outcome when dealing with gunpowder and fire… duh. It happens so quickly – you are with friends and family, having a good time and it only takes a second for a mistake to happen and it could turn serious.
Of course, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal strongly recommends that we leave the Fireworks to the professionals, and that you should ONLY celebrate with fireworks if it is legal in your area. With that being said; if you decide to purchase fireworks here are a few safety tips from my years in the trenches. (I also agree, anytime you can, it’s best to leave the job to a professional… remember it takes more than a hat to be a pirate.)
ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION!
Alcohol and Fireworks never mix .
Always ignite Fireworks outdoors; away from homes, buildings and vehicles
Always buy from fireworks from licensed and authorizes sellers. NEVER try to create or invent your own pop, snap or bang.
Always have water on hand in case of a fire and shoot them from a flat surface.
Be sure that other people are out of range before lighting any fireworks.
Be careful to not light more than one firework at a time.
Beware of fireworks that do not fully discharge and NEVER re-light a firework that didn’t fully function.
Being funny and throwing fireworks at others is not cool and could cause burns or injury if contact is made or as the person tries to retreat.
Carrying Fireworks in your pocket or shooting them off in metal or glass containers may cause serious injuries.
Cautionary Labels are there for a reason - Always read and FOLLOW the label warnings and instructions.
Dispose of spent fireworks properly – by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can way from buildings or combustible materials until the next day.
Finally, be considerate of your neighbors and pets. Everyone understand that it is a time to celebrate – but at some point it’s time to put the fireworks away for another day. Regarding pets, they have keen senses that make fireworks more intense for them, i.e. the noise or smoke. Firework noise is not like thunder. Thunder comes with warning signs (changes in the air pressure along with the smell of rain) allowing your pets to anticipate the forthcoming noise – fireworks do not.
Fireworks are as much part of the 4th of July as Hot Dogs, Parades and Watermelon, but extra care should be taken when celebrating with personal fireworks. Remember to protect your family, your friends, your home and your pets.
So you are wanting to know what happen – let’s just say it had to do with a Roman Candle, you know the cardboard tube that once you light it shoots flaming balls of sparks? It is my experience that one shouldn't hold it in your hands and then turn to speak to someone – even if they are calling your name... Lucky, they were at least 10 yards away and I am a bad aim.
I am not allow to play with fire or fireworks anymore. I am not a professional pyrotechnician.
The Willis Fireworks Warehouse is South of Willis on Hwy 75.
This location has been supporting the Willis Bands for more years than I can recall. The kids work the warehouse and the money goes directly to the kids.
If you would like to support a local organization and shop for your fireworks indoors - I can't think of a better place to shop - again, always be safe with fireworks. Tell the Band I said hello!! It's won't get you a discount, but it could get you a story or two about those days.
Author:Kelly Lawson Phone: 936-525-9589 Dated: June 17th 2015 Views: 1,109 About Kelly: My job is to get you home. It’s that simple. The process is not always that simple, but the task...