Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A Patch photographer gives advice on capturing the sparkle in the sky.
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July. Equipment needed: Have a fireworks photo to share? Upload it to our Pics & Clips gallery on Patch!
It isn't just the kids who need to play it safe this Fourth of July. Take heed of these tips from the ASPCA and keep your family's furrier friends safe.
From the ASPCA: For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family — including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers these tips for keeping your kids' eyes safe this Fourth of July.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Fireworks are a traditional part of Independence Day celebrations, but they can also be dangerous. Sadly, children and teens are too often hurt by fireworks. So before the celebration begins, read these fireworks safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). According to the AAO, of the 9,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, 21% are eye injuries and more than half of the victims are young children or teenagers. For example: "Many Americans get caught up in the excitement of the Fourth of July, and forget that fireworks are also dangerous explosives," said Monica L. Monica, M.D., an ophthalmologist and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "The safest choice is to attend a professional …
Monday, July 2, 2012
If you have any questions about buying fireworks, the State Police might have the answer.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The following information comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Due to the upcoming July Fourth holiday and summer season, here are some FAQs regarding fireworks. Q: Can I use fireworks in Pennsylvania? A: State law prohibits the use of Consumer and Display Fireworks in Pennsylvania without a permit. Items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices”, “novelties” and “toy caps” in American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 are not currently regulated by State Law; therefore, their sale and use are permissible. These “non-fireworks” are the only types allowed to be sold from tents, stands, convenience stores, retail establishments and other various outlets not licensed by the Department of Agriculture. …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
An NWS alert is in effect through the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service is predicting highs at or above 90 for the next week in the Philadelphia area, prompting an Excessive Heat Watch. The alert, issued Wednesday afternoon set to expire at 8 p.m. Sunday, covers Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties. The NWS predicts highs of 91, 97, 96 and 96 Thursday through Sunday, followed by 93, 90 and 90 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's Fourth of July holiday. Aside from a slight chance of rain Thursday night and Friday, virtually no precipitation is in the forecast. Check back with Patch for any significant forecast changes and tips for coping with the heat. What are you doing to stay cool? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Pottstown Fourth of July Committee's calendar fundraiser funds Fourth fireworks and can put some cash back in your pocket.
Buy a lottery calendar in Pottstown and you could win up to $1,000, and help fund next year’s Fourth of July celebration. The Mercury reports that Pottstown Fourth of July Committee will sell the lottery calendars for $30 each, with 365 chances to win cash prizes from $30 to $1,000. If your calendar’s unique three-digit number, ranging from 000 to 999, matches a number drawn during the 7 p.m. Pennsylvania Lottery, you’ll receive a check in the mail. Daily prizes are between $30 and $40, but 16 special bonus prizes will be awarded for $50 to $1,000. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit Pottstown’s Independence Day celebrations, including fireworks and parade, all of which are entirely community-funded. The event also incurs some …