Be safe this Fourth!
County executive Steve Bellone urges all residents to refrain from using illegal fireworks this Fourth of July.

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Be safe this Fourth!


Leave the fireworks to the professionals.

That was the message sent out earlier this week by Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone and police commissioner Geraldine Hart during their dangers of fireworks demonstration held at Smith Point County Park in Shirley.

“There will be professional fireworks displays all over Long Island,” said Bellone, urging residents to refrain from setting off their own, highlighting that it is illegal to do so.

According to Hart, last year four people in Suffolk County were injured by the use of fireworks between July and August. Three suffered injuries to the hand and one to the mouth.

“Enjoy a professional show — you don’t want to end a celebration with a trip to the hospital,” she said.

Along with the dangers of igniting fireworks come the dangers with storing them. Just last week, she said, a man was arrested for storing $2,000 worth of fireworks in a trailer.

Emergency service officers helped demonstrate the dangers of using fireworks by igniting a collection of pyrotechnics in a residential shed, a typical place for storing illegal fireworks. She urged anyone with tips to call 1-800-220-TIPS for the anonymous hotline.

Hart also promised increased DWI and BWI enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday. She urged those who decide to drink to make a plan and never get behind the wheel.

“It is a great time to celebrate our country, but we must make sure those celebrations are happy and without injury and tragedy,” said Bellone. “If you make the decision to drink and drive, you can not only hurt yourselves but others as well. As we have seen so many times.”

The same goes for boating, he added. Though Suffolk County may have beautiful waterways, it is important to act responsibly.

“The SCPD and Marine Bureau will be out in full force this weekend,” he said.