BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hearing the loud boom of firecrackers and seeing the night sky light up in a flurry of colorful sparks are what makes New Year’s Eve celebrations special and memorable. If you’re planning on putting on a firework show yourself at home, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) is urging fireworks safety.

Fireworks safety tips from the State Fire Marshal:

  • Detonate devices at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles and rubbish
  • Never allowing children to light fireworks
  • Never operate fireworks while impaired
  • Light devices one at a time and monitor embers released with a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Discard detonated items by wetting them down to prevent reignition and do not dispose of them in a trash container immediately

Fireworks sales are through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2023, the agency said. The State Fire Marshal asks Louisianans to buy from properly licensed fireworks stands. If a business is suspected of “suspicious or illegal” sales, call 1-800-256-5452 or visit lasfm.org to make a report.