4th of July weekend aftermath at Lake Tyler, fireworks cleanup
POSTED: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:05pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 5:20am
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — After any party there's a cleanup, but one of Smith County's most visited holiday spots is going to need a big cleanup.
City officials spend time enforcing fireworks safety for the 4th of July weekend and again it has been abused.
"If you're doing fireworks and you're bringing your kids to do fireworks why don't you do them in a controlled standard area,” said Geannie Cane of Tyler.
The aftermath of 4thof July festivities has many Lake Tyler visitors wondering why people just can't obey the law. "It’s out of control, it plainly says on the sign ‘No Fireworks," says Cane.
"People disobey that order and were blowing off fireworks all weekend,” said Kristal Bourg of Henderson.
Tyler Police tell us, the entire area was patrolled by law enforcement throughout the three-day holiday weekend and were trying to patrol a parking lot filled with hundreds of people.
Police say, discharging firework in city limits is a Class C-Misdemeanor and you can face hefty fines.
As boaters headed to the lake they tell us they're disappointed to see this. Plus you can tell where the city and marina line is- the marina side is well taken care of by visitors.
"I think they should have a checkpoints like when you come to the entrance have someone there to do checkpoints to check for fireworks,” said Cane.
Visitors tell us this is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. Cane says "Tents can catch on fire, trees can catch on fire, they're popping them near vehicle.”
"You have to worry about your kids stepping on fireworks and it's terrible," said Bourg.
The lawn area wasn't crowded on Sunday and maybe it's because of the complete mess.