How to be safe during firework season

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Nothing says Fourth of July than getting together with family for a firework show, but you should be reminded on how to do it the safe way.

Some recall the sound of a firework as one of their first childhood memories. The start of the torch as it hits the wick the firework.

Many just like Jake Dura, will be igniting these powerful objects on the fourth.

"Well who doesn't like fireworks, they basically blow up," said Dura from Kindred, North Dakota. "Who doesn't like things that blow up? They look pretty nice colors in them and everything."

But don't get too excited, there are some things to look out for before you pull out that lighter.

"Fireworks are dangerous, and we have had fires in the past from fireworks," said West Fargo Fire Marshall, Dell Sprecher.

This is due to many people putting fireworks in garbages too soon. He says to wait at least a day before throwing them in the trash.

With new powerful fireworks being released every year, you should know what you're getting yourself in to.

Memory Fireworks has an app that allows you to scan fireworks at their store to see what they'll look like.

"They all have warnings on them," said David Reuter with Memory Fireworks. "We can kind of point you in the direction of what stays closer to the ground, what spreads out wider."

An even safer option is using things like party poppers, grouped with other safe options in the Memory Fireworks store.

The West Fargo Fire Department says that fireworks are only allowed within city limits from 8 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth of July alone. They say sky lanterns are not allowed.