Summer is here and the Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means family gatherings and fireworks.
"As a reminder, it is illegal to pop fireworks inside the city limits," said Athens Fire Marshal Lance West. "If you choose to buy fireworks and go outside the city limits to discharge them, please be safe."
According to the National Safety Council, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents in 2017. Of these, half of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16.
If you choose to light fireworks, please follow these safety tips:
Stay safe and have a Happy Independence Day!