Sinclair Law Releases 9 Safety Tips for July Fourth Holiday

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Interesting Florida loophole makes it hard to police. Birds & fireworks, what's the connection?

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Almost anyone can buy exploding professional type fireworks all year long in Florida

Sinclair Law, a personal injury firm which specializes in motorcycle accident and Personal Injury claims releases 9 tips to stay safe this July 4th 2013.

According to Florida Statutes, any fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal for recreational use, unless they are handled by a professional.

“Almost anyone can buy exploding professional type fireworks all year long in Florida?” says Brad Sinclair, “making it very difficult for law enforcement to enforce the law."

Florida law allows anyone over 18 to purchase fireworks by signing a waiver, where the customer agrees to use the purchase under an exemption. The exemption found in Florida Statute 791.07, says “fireworks can be used solely and exclusively in frightening birds from agricultural works and fish hatcheries.”

“People are not buying fireworks to scare off birds so why isn’t anyone doing anything about this?” Ask Brad Sinclair. The reason is local law enforcement officials have their hands tied on this one. In order for them to cite someone, they have to actually witness the violation. Obviously when a marked police car pulls up, the fireworks stop. Practically speaking, unless the sale of fireworks is prohibited, or this “bird” loophole is closed, recreational fireworks will continue to be prevalent in Florida, especially around this time of year.

As the July 4th weekend approaches, do not forget why we are celebrating. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and democracy was born.

This weekend, many will be celebrating with family and friends. Please remember to be safe, whether boating, cooking out, swimming, or shooting off fireworks.

9 Common Sense Safety Tips for Fireworks
1. Check the laws in your state and obey
2. Never drink alcohol and use fireworks
3. Read the caution labels before igniting
4. Wear safety goggles while igniting the fireworks
5. Keep children at a safe distance from the ignited fireworks
6. Keep your own safe distance once fireworks are ignited
7. Never throw fireworks at people
8. Remain standing while using sparklers
9. Never throw sparklers

Sinclair Law Offices has been helping folks in this community for almost 30 years.
Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July.

About Sinclair Law
Founded in 1995 by Brad Sinclair, an attorney with almost 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases, Sinclair Law specializes in civil suits involving personal injury and wrongful death claims. As an avid motorcycle enthusiast, Brad Sinclair is particularly interested in the special insurance needs of motorcyclists. Visit for more information.

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