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Fireworks stands open in Montana

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 06:14:59 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 06:49:57 PM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

Fireworks stands opened for business on Monday, and that has many local authorities urging caution.

Inside firework stands, folks like Kaylee Hafer are putting the finishing touches on this year's displays, and preparing for a busy two weeks.

"It's just been a lot of stocking and getting everything inventoried," said Hafer. "It's just a lot of work."

The next two weeks also have the potential to be very busy for Fire Marshal John Lanski.

NBC Montana caught up with Lanski as he made the rounds at all the stands. He said people need to exercise caution when they are lighting off firecrackers.

"If you shoot something up in the air, it's going to come down and it's going to land someplace," Lanski said. "You don't want to throw the fireworks in dry grasses, you don't want to shoot them into people."

The fire department said they see a lot of brush fires this time of year because people are lighting off fireworks. But with weather the way it has been, it might not be as big of a problem.

Lanski said, "This year I think it's going to be quiet because of the rain, we've had finally some decent moisture and every thing's not as dry as it was last year."