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Watertown Battalion Fire Chief talks firework safety

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This weekend, fireworks are expected to go off around the country, and they can be nice to look at. However, City of Watertown Battalion Fire Chief Ron Wareham is warning people that if not set off correctly, fireworks can turn dangerous.

One of the most common mistakes people make is drinking before setting off fireworks.

“Anybody who’s lighting fireworks shouldn’t be drinking, or should be drinking responsibly, not getting drunk,” Wareham said.

He said that even though fireworks sold in New York are New York state compliance, people bring in fireworks from outside the state.

Wareham added that even though the fireworks sold in the state are safer, it’s only safer if it’s fired off properly.

“They all have the potential to cause a fire or cause serious bodily injury or even death if it’s done wrong,” he said.

Other mistakes include not having a clear, safe area to launch the fireworks. People also shouldn’t have any kids up close, and when you go to light the firework making sure that everyone is far enough away.

Wareham said if you live on a small street and you have a big firework, you’ll be close to houses, you won’t know where it’s going to land, and if it tips over it could be launched at a house or people.

He also said not to hold a bottle rocket while setting them off.

“They’re not designed to be held by a human when they get launched,” he said. “They shouldn’t be holding onto them and then throwing them. They should be lit and moved away from, because you never know how quick a fuse is going to go off.”

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Watertown’s Mount Carmel Feast kicks off Friday at new pavilion

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Frank A. Gorri is all set to sell about 1,000 pounds of Italian sausage in his new surroundings at this weekend’s Mount Carmel Feast.

After a fire destroyed the old structure almost a year ago, Mr. Gorri will be in charge of the Italian sausage booth in a new pavilion at St. Anthony’s Church when the summer tradition opens Friday night for the 105th festival.

Fortunately, the fire happened about a month after last year’s festival or organizers would have had to punt and come up with an alternative plan for this weekend’s annual three-day festival.

And Mr. Gorri had doubts that the new pavilion would be ready for the celebration.

After months of design work, construction began in April to replace the 43-year-old structure on the same footprint as the old one. But the $425,000 project went through “some curve balls” along the way, Mr. Gorri said.

The drainage system had to be changed and the original concrete slab had to be torn up, which increased the building’s costs.

But somehow the new building got done for Friday.

“It must have been divine intervention,” Mr. Gorri said.

Just three days into summer, the building will make its debut for the public.

In the pavilion on Wednesday, committee members T.G. Kolb and Peter Souch worked out some last-minute details, standing in front of the counter where throngs of festival-goers will order their Italian sausage from Friday to Sunday.

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