ODESSA, TX (KWES) - This Independence Day, aliens are taking over.
"Alien head fountains" have dominated local firework sales leading up to Fourth of July festivities, Truckload Fireworks employees said.
The new product consists of a hollow plastic shell designed to resemble an extraterrestrial being, with a fuse protruding from the top. The head glows green and emits a fountain of sparks - in addition to an otherworldly shriek - when the fuse is lit.
Customers flocked to the Truckload location at University Boulevard and FM 1936 from cities more than 30 miles away - including Wink, Kermit and Monahans - to purchase the $20 alien head fountains.
However, the aliens pose the same safety risks as standard sparklers and fireworks, retailers said, and should not be misrepresented as a toy or holiday novelty item appropriate for unsupervised children.
"Anything with sparks can reignite and cause serious injuries," said David Fitzgerald, a Truckload employee. "You always want to leave it there and soak it with water and come back to get it later, even if you think it's done [emitting sparks]."
Warning labels on the alien heads indicate the product is intended solely for outdoor use.
"Light fuse and get away," the caution sticker states.
Authorities were unable to confirm Monday evening if alien head fountains had been linked to any injuries or fires.