June 30, 2013
Fireworks stands are setting up in the Charlottesville area getting a steady flow of customers this week.
The rush isn't just for local Fourth of July celebrations, but also for visitors driving through the area going on vacation for the big holiday.
Whether it's just a few sparklers for the kids or a big show in the backyard, fireworks are a tradition for family and friends everywhere. With that tradition also comes a safety tradition.
"First thing we do is pull the hose out, make sure we have it in case something does go wrong that we're ready to put something out," said Chad Herman, a Delaware resident who was shopping in Charlottesville. "Make sure the kids are up by the house. Make sure you have clear air space. You don't want to do something around trees."
People won't see many fireworks in Charlottesville. Non-professional fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in the city of Charlottesville.