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How to have a ‘Safe and Sane’ July Fourth — and still have fireworks

Fireworks are as much a part of Fourth of July celebrations as barbecues and beer — but in most communities in San Luis Obispo County they are prohibited.

Some “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed in the cities of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Morro Bay, as well as parts of unincorporated communities of Oceano, San Miguel and Templeton, within their respective community services districts.

In Morro Bay, they are only allowed on private property.

Safe and Sane fireworks are generally those that don’t fly or explode and contain a “Safe and Sane” state fire marshal seal on their packaging. These include sparklers, snake-type fireworks, ground-spinning fireworks and some crackling fireworks.

Popular firecrackers like M-80s, M-100s, cherry bombs and bottle rockets are considered explosives and are banned throughout the county.

For those who want to see some major fireworks, large displays will be held at Shamel Park in Cambria, the Cayucos Pier, Pismo Beach Pier and Panther Drive in Santa Maria.

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If you’re setting off fireworks this Fourth, here are some safety tips, courtesy of Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Steve Lieberman:

▪ Make sure everyone is about 15 feet away from the fireworks.

▪ Don’t wear loose clothing.

▪ Keep an eye on children to make sure they don’t run towards the fireworks.

▪ Always have a hose nearby and a metal bucket with some water in it to put the fireworks in when you’re done.

▪ Never throw fireworks in the trash.

▪ Set fireworks in a cleared space and make sure there’s nothing combustible around.

▪ Don’t approach fireworks while they’re still hot.

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