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Safety a priority on holiday

Published 11:39am Wednesday, July 2, 2014

While the sights and sounds are, in most cases spectacular, we are reminded of the reality of the dangers and need for safety when in regard to fireworks.

Nearly 18 years have come and gone since the tragic fireworks stand fire in Scottown that killed nine and injured several more on July 3, 1996.

That day was something that many will never forget and brought new laws and regulations for Ohio and throughout the country.

While the years pass, those who were impacted and their families will never fully heal those wounds from that day.

Unfortunately, as the anniversary draws near, we are reminded of the impact that day had not only on Lawrence County, but the region and state as well.

It is imperative that we never forget what happened that day in Scottown.

Parents need to ensure proper supervision for children and establish that fireworks are not toys and should be used properly while conforming to all laws and regulations.

While fireworks are nice to look at, residents need to be responsible to our families and communities to use fireworks safely and do whatever is necessary to ensure a tragedy like the one at Scottown never occurs again.

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