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Venditto: Leave Fireworks To the Professionals

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto issued his annual advisory to town residents that although fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, consumer fireworks of every kind are dangerous and illegal, and the use of all fireworks should be left to the professionals.

“Every year, so-called consumer fireworks, such as cherry bombs, firecrackers and M-80’s, cause numerous injuries, and even fatalities, to both children and adults,” Venditto stated. “Mangled hands and fingers, eye injuries and burns are the most commonly reported. In many cases, innocent bystanders are injured along with the people who set off the fireworks.

“Property damage is another issue associated with the use of fireworks,” the supervisor said. “Fire officials report that on a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause more fires in the United States than all other causes combined. Bottle rockets landing on house roofs, sparks landing on dry grass…they’re a recipe for disaster.”

Venditto went on to say that in New York State, no consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are permitted. “The law in New York State is clear. No type of consumer fireworks is legal. Some people are under the mistaken impression that sparklers are legal. They are not and with good reason. Sparklers burn at temperatures ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 Fahrenheit, making them so hot they can ignite clothing and hair and cause serious burns.

“The bottom line is that consumer fireworks are dangerous, potentially deadly and illegal,” Venditto said. “So this Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend one of the many public displays that will be conducted at locations across Long Island.”

The supervisor noted that there will be fireworks at John J. Burns Town Park, Massapequa, on Tuesday, July 12, as part of the annual “Music Under the Stars” Salute to America. Headlining this year’s Salute is country music star Aaron Tippin, whose repertoire, a mixture of honky tonkers, sentimental ballads and patriotic working-man’s anthems, includes such country classics as You’ve Got to Stand for Something (Or You’ll Fall for Anything), Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagles Fly, Working Man’s Ph.D. and his first number one, There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With the Radio. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For further information, check the “Music Under the Stars” brochure or the town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.