Louisiana fireworks hurt nearly a dozen people each New Year\'s Eve
PORT ALLEN- One of the best ways to ring in the New Year is with a bang but state officials caution people about fireworks.
An average of nine people in Louisiana are hurt every firework season (July 4th and New Year's Eve) according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.
"Most injuries occur because they were handling the pyrotechnic or they remanufactured the pyrotechnic. They put a bunch of them together and you have a much more volatile explosion," said Browning.
He recommends keeping a bucket of water close, stand back after it's lit, don't consume alcohol and don't let children play with fireworks unsupervised.
If someone does get burned call 911 if it's serious. Otherwise run cool water over the burned area for 10 minutes and then go to the doctor.
Browning warns against buying fireworks from unlicensed dealers because they could sell substandard and dangerous explosives.
It's illegal to buy and set off fireworks in East Baton Rouge Parish.
All of the surrounding parishes allow them with the exception of many cities including New Roads, Port Allen, Brusly, Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Denham Springs and Walker.
Police will patrol for illegal firework use New Year's Eve. Those caught will have their fireworks confiscated and could be fined.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
State grapples with high cost of widespread unemployment, even with federal help
Southern students return to campus for first day of class
PAC 12 & BIG 10 delay start of season
New unemployment benefits funded through FEMA, state working to sort details
Restaurant hostess reportedly attacked for following COVID-19 protocols
LSU AD releases statement as conferences debate canceling college football season
SEC adds Vanderbilt, Missouri to LSU's 2020 football schedule
DD Breaux speaks on her legacy at LSU
SEC presidents approve plan for 10-game, conference-only football schedule
SWAC moves fall sports, including football to the spring