Boom, Boom, Pow!

By: Lisa McDivitt
By: Lisa McDivitt

It’s almost the 4th of July! (One of my absolute favorite holidays!) And today we got to set off some fireworks at the Mesa Mall. This was tons of fun, and you have to check it out!

It’s not very often that you get to set things on fire during the morning show. But today was our day!  In preparation for the 4th of July, we headed out to the parking lot at the south-west corner of Mesa Mall, where the folks at Phantom Fireworks let us sample some of the goods.


Now, because it’s live TV, some things don’t go as planned. An example? One of the fireworks we got to light took everyone by surprise. (Click here to see the video).


The fun things to look for in fireworks? Lots of lights and sparkles, and a variety of fun all in one pack. Some things not to look for? Fireworks that go “boom” and those that leave the ground. Those are what we might call “illegal”… that’s because they are illegal.


Some more tips from our fireworks safety guru, Mike Page (of the Grand Junction Fire Department):

1. Always light fireworks in a clear, open space. If you’re using your driveway, just make sure your garage door is closed.

2. Only children 16 and older are allowed to light them.

3. Keep some sort of extinguisher nearby while you’re setting off fireworks. (A bucket of water, a water hose, or a fire extinguisher.)


(And for even more safety tips from Phantom Fireworks, click here to go to their Phantom University page.)


So be safe, read the instructions, don’t set off fireworks in a grassy field, use your common sense, and have fun on your 4th of July! What are some of your plans for the weekend?


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