Wind & dew points are something to consider when using fireworks

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Weather conditions are calling for extra precaution during your New Year's Eve celebrations.

For those planning to pop off some fireworks, wind and dew point conditions are something you want to pay attention to.

Russell Nettles, owner of Russell's Fireworks has been in the business for nearly four decades and said safety has always been his top priority.

The Texoma area has not seen much rainfall recently and dew points are fairly dry.

Those conditions could lead to a fire if your fireworks are not handled properly.

"I always recommend having a five-gallon bucket of water and somebody watching downwind," Nettles said.

That and making sure you use your fireworks properly are tips Nettles gives all his customers, including Kyler Koetter.

Koetter picked up quite the load Saturday afternoon and told us what he enjoys most about bringing in the new year.

"I like spending time with all the family, just looking at all the fireworks, they go up in the sky and some of it is just really beautiful to watch," Koetter said.

In Wichita County, you cannot light fireworks within city limits.

You are allowed to pop fireworks on private property in the county as long as you have the owner's permission.

You have to clean up all debris from the fireworks or you could face a stiff fine.

Lastly, Nettles said do not try and alter any fireworks or try and combine them to make a bigger blast.

"I want my customers to use my products safely. It is very important to me that they're not misused," Nettle said.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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