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  • As July 4 approaches, firework stands seeing increasing traffic

  • With the fourth of July approaching, firework tents and stands are popping up all around the lake.
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  • With the fourth of July approaching, firework tents and stands are popping up all around the lake.
    Dan and Heather Henderson oversee four firework stands in the lake area and have a history of selling the traditional celebratory toy. Before moving to the lake, the Hendersons sold fireworks for years. This is their first time opening stands at the lake.
    Residents can find their traditional favorites including poppers, sparklers, tanks and snaps all for under a dollar each. Firework connoisseurs will find anything from artillery shells ranging from $6.50 and $8 to the big guns such as the Bear Hunter for $295 or the Battle Zone for $118. If residents have the money to spend, they can purchase a fully loaded package called the God Father for $599 or the Body Bag for $225.
    The Hendersons' stands are located at the Laurie Market, intersection of A Road and Highway 54 in Linn Creek, Highway W 15 and at the Highway W and Y intersection. The stands are currently open and will remain open through July 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., later on the weekends.
    If you are planning on enjoying some fireworks this season, keep these safety tips in mind.
    Firework safety from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
    •Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
    •Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
    •Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
    •Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
    •Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
    •Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
    •Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
    •Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
    •Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
    •Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
    •Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
    •Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
    •Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
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