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The Safe Way to Celebrate the New Year with Fireworks

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It's almost 2014, and many people will be ringing in the new year with a bang -- literally. However, there are some things to keep in mind when handling fireworks on New Year's Eve.

According to state law, fireworks cannot be shot or brought in and opened in city limits. Breaking these laws can end up in fees costing $500-$2,000, and the Corpus Christi Police and Fire departments are teaming up to enforce the rules this holiday season.

"So we want everyone to be safe. The whole idea is that we want everyone to enjoy the celebration, not cause any fires," CCPD Senior Officer Kirk Stowers said. "Even though we've had some wet conditions, those fireworks are hot and have to be outside city limits."

Even when shot outside of city limits, people still need to consider basic fireworks safety. Stay away from dry grass, aim straight up, always supervise children and always know how to exit the area quickly in case something goes wrong.

"The manufacturers design these fireworks and they are manufactured with strict regulations, so there is a safety factor involved as long as you're abiding by the instructions or common sense things," said Mike LaMoy of Alamo Fireworks in Odem.

LaMoy said that, when done legally and safely, fireworks can be a fun way to bring the family together to celebrate the new year.

"There is a beauty factor, and so it's something that an activity that a family, you know, it makes everyone happy," LaMoy said. "And what a great way to bring in the new year? Bring out the old and bring in the new."

The CCPD said that if you hear or witness fireworks within the city limits, do not call 911. Instead, call their non-emergency number at 361-886-2600.

Not only will officers be on the lookout for illegal fireworks, but they will also be looking for people firing guns in the air. Police say that it is not only unsafe, but it is also highly illegal, and anyone caught doing that will have the firearm seized and will be hauled off to jail.

Unlike seeing fireworks in the city limits, if you see somebody firing a gun in the air, call 911.

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