The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means it's time again for fireworks.

They go on sale at noon Wednesday in Shreveport but they don't go on sale in Bossier City until 10 o'clock Saturday morning.  On both sides of the river they can only be legally discharged between 10am and 10pm each day through July 5th.  Anybody caught discharging fireworks outside of those hours will be subject to a fine of up to $500 and even the possibility of some jail time.

As always, local police and fire departments are urging safety when using fireworks. Some simple rules should always be followed:

Always purchase fireworks from a reputable retail outlet

Read and follow all warnings and instructions

Never shoot off fireworks indoors

Young children should always have adult supervision when using fireworks

Bottle rockets and other "stick" type fireworks are prohibited

When using aerial fireworks, always make sure there are no overhead obstructions

Use "punk" rather than an open flame to ignite fireworks

Never shoot, aim, or throw fireworks at people or animals

Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy -- just in case.

Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned.  Douse them in water and wait 15 minutes before properly disposing of them

Never ignite fireworks on or near dry vegetation

All of us at NewsRadio 710 KEEL want you to have a happy but safe Fourth of July.