They're colorful, loud and potentially very dangerous. Last year in the U.S. 8,800 people were treated for firework related injuries, and if you don't want to become a statistic this New Year's Eve, Lubbock Fire officials say, keep safety first.
"If you have enough people doing fireworks then you start having grass fires, property damage. While we do see injuries usually you have unsupervised children and typically some kind of drinking," says Assistant Lubbock Fire Marshall, Marlin Hamilton
Other fireworks safety advice:
"Use of alcoholic beverages and then the use of fireworks and that's the arena where you get most of your opportunity for damage to property and the risk of injuries," says Hamilton.
Even fireworks stand operators like Jerry Welch remind their customers to take precautions. "We tell them be careful, go slow, have a good time and don't get hurt," says Welch.
You have until midnight to purchase fireworks, but remember, fireworks are illegal within the city limits. If you are caught with fireworks in the city, you could get a fine in excess of $1,000 dollars. And if you use fireworks out in the county, please make sure you clean up your mess.