The 4th of July is fireworks season!  And while many communities present spectacular displays for the general public, many people buy and use their own fireworks.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office reminds every one to be safe and legal this holiday.

First and foremost:  If it explodes or flies, it's not legal in the State of Minnesota!  Too often people have misconception that just because they can buy or obtain the firework that it's legal for them to light it off in their backyard.

In addition, the Fire Marshall asks that people use caution with legal fireworks too.  Supervise children.  Make sure spent devises are dropped in a bucket of water - not the ground - to prevent fires.  When lighting fireworks, use a long candle lighter and back away quickly.