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Fireworks 101: Rules to know before lighting up the sky

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If the weather cooperates, there are going to be some spectacular fireworks throughout the Tri-State on Thursday night. 

The biggest happening right along the riverfront in Evansville.

The first day of Shrinersfest was eventful on Wednesday, but the big show is Thursday night. However, some Tri-Staters are going to enjoy a show from their own backyards. 

"Probably my favorite holiday because things go boom," Mt. Vernon resident David Cole said. 

July 4th, a day to celebrate America's Independence, spend time with family, and as Cole says, a time to watch things explode.

Cole and his friends spent the evening shopping for the best holiday entertainment.

"The best way I can describe it to people is, it's like the rocket that Sid had from Toy Story. It shoots up a good 200 feet and explodes," Cole said.

But if you're going to be setting off rockets or any firework in Evansville, it must be between 5:00 p.m. and two hours after sunset which is around 11:00 p.m.

By the looks of things at Mark's Fireworks on the west side, the sky will be well lit Thursday night. 

"Last year with the burn ban we got a lot of people that either have their fireworks leftover, so didn't buy much at all. Then we have just the opposite amount of people that are going overboard this year, maybe a little extra cause they couldn't do it last year," said Cris Brunson with Mark's Fireworks. 

In Evansville, residents are allowed to shoot off consumer fireworks, which includes things like rockets, firecrackers and roman candles. 

"We found out you can take a bottle rocket off of the stick and drop it in a PVC pipe and make a mortar out of it basically," Cole said.

But when it comes to the kiddos, stick to Emma Peerman's favorites.

"Double day parachutes and the night parachutes because after we do that we go and find the parachutes, and bring them back. The snappers, we throw them on the ground and they snap," Peerman said.

Evansville law prohibits fireworks on public property.

If you're shooting off rockets from your own yard, you're responsible for damage if they happen to land on your neighbors roof. 

The Shrinersfest kicks off again Thursday with food and rides at 9:00 a.m. A special salute to the military presented by Rolling Thunder begins at 6:00 p.m. and the fireworks hit the sky at 8:45 p.m.

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