For most people, this fun-filled day is a highlight of summer, and a chance to celebrate this great nation along with friends and family.
But along with all of the fireworks and cookouts come a handful of important warnings.
Local police know firsthand that this holiday can occasionally lead to overindulgence and dangerous behavior. As a result, they want their communities all over the country to have fun, but to know which risks to avoid around the celebration.
This year, you might be shocked by one of the top items on every police departments agenda: the ordinary tennis ball.
These innocuous fuzzy spheres could pose a huge danger to your dog this summer, thanks to a hazardous growing craze for homemade firecrackers.
Read on below to learn what to watch for, and how to avoid harm.
You can recognize so-called tennis ball bombs by checking for a wick or fuse.
According to the Kent Police Department in Washington State: A tennis ball bomb is very easy to identify. It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it… The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out. An example is pictured above.
Be sure to watch the video below to learn more about this holiday danger.
With this in mind, keep your kids and pets away from any unfamiliar tennis balls this summer!
If you do find an object matching this description, get far away and call the police.
Please, make sure toSHAREthis important information with dog owners and parents ahead of Mondays celebration!