With our nation's 237th birthday coming up this week, you'll be hearing a lot of fireworks. We spoke to some area firefighters to find out how you can stay safe while handling them.
Firefighters told 5 News there are plenty of things to consider while using fireworks.
Class C fireworks are illegal. You should also never light a firework in your hand or allow children to handle them. But the simplest way to stay safe is not to handle them at all and let the trained professionals do the work.
"To have a good time and enjoy yourself with them is to go find a legal, public display that is being set off by a professional organization where there are safety people around and you can enjoy them that way. Enjoy your holiday, and stay safe," said Captain Rick Todd of the Bridgeport Fire Department.
You can attend the fireworks on Bridgeport Hill on July 3rd if you want to avoid using fireworks on your own.