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Around West Hagerstown

June 29, 2006|by JUDI DOMINGUEZ

It's time for fireworks

No one can overstress the importance of safety when it comes to July 4th celebrations and fireworks. Many decades ago, the celebration of the Fourth of July was referred to as the "Bloody Fourth" or "Death's Busy Day" because of the many injuries and deaths caused by fireworks. Actually, the making of fireworks has not changed a lot over the many years they have been around; they are still made with black powder.

Some of the first firecrackers were made of bamboo. The different chemical formulas used to make them are called recipes and these are guarded closely by the industry or manufacturer.

Sparklers seem safe enough that a small child can hold one and watch the stars shoot - not so. Sparklers can cause blindness, extreme burns to the hands if the little one decides to touch the burnt part and cause the fun to become tragedy.

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Drinking alcohol and fireworks don't mix; designate a shooter who has not been drinking.

Please remember if it moves, explodes or flies, it is an illegal firework and can carry a fine up to $250. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July 2006.

Fireworks display

The City of Hagerstown's fireworks event will be held at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds on July 4 with live entertainment, food, and family activities beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30.

Annual Salute to History

On Saturday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m., the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present Vintage America light classical and patriotic music at the Antietam Battlefield. The complete Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be accompanied by cannon fire. Fireworks will follow the concert. So bring the blankets and a snack, sit on the grass and enjoy an evening.

More fun...

Williamsport's Fourth of July celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on July 4 at Byron Memorial Park. Fireworks will follow the live music and planned activities.

Market in the Square

For lots of fun or a family event, visit the Market in the Square in downtown Hagerstown on July 3, 6 and 20. Delicious breads, cakes, pies, fresh veggies, fruits and more will be available.

Don't forget soccer sign-up

The Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League (HAYSL) is holding its final fall 2006 registration on Thursday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, out at the soccer pavilion. For more information, phone Doug Reed at 301-824-2848.

Happy Fourth!

Have a safe and happy holiday and e-mail those West End stories to westendchatter@msn.com

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