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Safety top of mind for Merrill fireworks

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MERRILL (WAOW) -

Safety was top of mind Thursday for Ayce Pyro, the people responsible for the fireworks show in Merrill.

Barb Schneider, the lead shooter for Ayce Pyro said they take numerous safety precautions, from how they line up the mortars to what they wear.

"We know there's things that can happen," said Schneider. "We know we always have to watch what we're doing and be extremely careful."

Wednesday night, a firefighter was severely burned after a firework appeared to explode during the Rib Lake fireworks show. Schneider said it's tough to hear that stuff happen.

"It just makes me really sad," said Schneider.

Each fuse is lit by hand by the shooters except for the grand finale which is wired up. Firework shooters wear fire retardant clothing, hard hats, gloves and safety goggles to say safe.

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