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McCaffrey urges no sparkler use at July 4 fireworks

LOCKPORT – Sales of small, hand-held fireworks are now legal in Niagara County, but Lockport Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey is urging that they not be brought to Outwater Park for Saturday’s city Independence Day fireworks show because of the expected large crowd.

McCaffrey said sparklers “burn at 1,000 degrees. That’s a risk of injury, property damage or fire.” She added, “If anyone does use sparkling devices irresponsibly, there could be criminal charges.”

The Niagara County Legislature earlier this year legalized the sale of handheld fireworks in the county from June 1 to July 5 and from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. Local fire officials bitterly opposed the move.

So far, the only known sparkler-related incident in the county was a fire that destroyed a shed behind a home on Ontario Street in Lockport Tuesday . Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady said no one was hurt, but the damage tab was $8,000, including siding damage to a neighboring church.