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News Release
Fourth of July Fireworks - 06/21/17

Every year Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department respond to upwards of 80-100 reports of illegal fireworks and firework related concerns. These calls are important due to the inherent danger of all fireworks, but they also pull critical resources away from all other 911 calls for service in Albany.

Fireworks can cause serious bodily injury and pose a significant risk to property.

What can you do to stay safe and enjoy your holiday?

1. DO NOT BUY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS.

2. If your neighbor, family, or friend has purchased illegal fireworks request they DO
NOT use them.

3. Have a water hose ready for use and on.

4. Light all fireworks on a concrete or gravel surface with a 10' clearance away from
all vegetation and structures.

5. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

6. Use a water bucket for all used fireworks and only after they are safe to handle.

7. DO NOT allow children to light fireworks.

8. Be considerate of your neighbors, pets, others near you when considering the timing
of your fireworks.