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How to stay safe while enjoying fireworks

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

At Great Grizzly Fireworks in Marietta customers are stocking up on everything from smoke grenades to sparklers.

Store Manager Brian Lilly tells CBS46 this Cobb County fireworks store make most of it's money for the entire year during the last hours leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

"Last year we did just above $20,000 on the third and on the Fourth we did just above $25,000," he said.

When it comes to using your own fireworks first responders say it doesn't take a big bang to cause big damage.

Cobb County Fire Deputy Chief Jay Westbrook says Cobb County recently passed a noise ordinance which prohibits people from using fireworks after nine at night throughout the year, and after midnight on July 3 and 4.

"If people violate the ordinance usually that's going to result in fines and if it's not stopped it could result in further action by police officers."

Westbrook went down a laundry list of firework safety tips, like not allowing children to use them, keeping a bucket of water ready and never picking up a dud.

His main focus is being considerate of pets.

"You need to be mindful that they can really cause some distress to those animals."

First responders say the best way to stay safe this Fourth of July is to watch a professional fireworks show.

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