Fireworks are a blast.......literally and figuratively! People in Louisiana love to celebrate the holidays with fireworks. So many of us enjoy celebrating New Year's Eve and New Year's Day by blowing up all different kinds of fireworks.

I think for most of us who grew up in Acadiana we have fond memories of fireworks surrounding the New Year.

As kids, it was a time for sparklers, smoke bombs, bottle rockets, and the beloved Black Cat firecracker. They used to come in packs of 100, 250, 500, and up. They probably still do.

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In our family, we would undo the strings so we could pop them one at a time because we didn't have much money. Did y'all do that too? What do y'all do now?

What are y'all planning this year? You can have so much fun with fireworks, but obviously, you have to think of safety.

Nowadays, you can buy many more fireworks products from what seems like a million companies. As a kid, there was nothing more exciting to me than the week leading up to New Year's Eve.

We hope you get to have some fun with fireworks this year. Do you remember this? I remember us saving the glass Coke bottles instead of turning them in for a refund. We needed something to use to shoot off the bottle rockets.

Surprisingly, we never burned anything down! It was a miracle. We always had tons of friends around so invariably the dudes would start having bottle rocket wars where they would aim them at each other.

Thankfully, no one ever caught fire. It was a great neighborhood, and everyone loved the fireworks. We took chances, but we didn't go to extremes. I think that's why no one ever got hurt.


Don't get caught doing something painful and having to make a trip to the emergency room:

Fast forward to June 2022, anyone who saw the story about how four young people died while putting together homemade fireworks was probably floored by the news. Terrell Cooks and Seneca Mahan have been charged with murder in the death of four people at a home near Black Jack, Missouri.

You need to be smart when purchasing fireworks and when using them. Also, put safety foremost in your mind when using fireworks.

In the unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish, you use can use fireworks, but you can't pop anything within the city limits of Lafayette. However, it is NOT illegal to purchase fireworks. And if you're smart and safe about it, you likely won't have any problems.

You have to remember to be careful so something like this doesn't happen to you:

Fireworks Safety Tips Even If You Think You Already Know Them