Use caution when it comes to fireworks!
While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of July 4th celebrations, in most areas of Virginia they could become a cause of wildfires this year, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
“One spark is all it would take for a wildfire to start,” said Fred Turck, assistant director for wildfire prevention and education with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF).
“Fireworks that have finished burning are still extremely hot, and they can smolder in dry grass or leaves before a fire ignites.”
Turck recommends keeping a bucket of water, wet towel, and a fully-charged garden hose nearby. Children and pets should also be kept a safe distance away from igniting and spent fireworks.