Firework safety tips for the 4th of July

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:16pm

East Texans are preparing for the 4th of July. Local officials are urging people to keep safety in mind when they're getting their hands on fireworks. They're fun and it's also important to know how dangerous they could be. We spoke to officials about about some safety tips.

They're the highlight of the 4th of July. While some go out to watch them, some choose to display their own show. There's a city ordinance that basically bands fireworks, so it says possession or the use of.

Your good time may turn into a big fine if you're not following the law. "It's a Class C Misdemeanor, we can issue a citation if the officer feels it's necessary and it could be up to a 500 dollar fine," said Don Martin, Tyler Police, Public Information Officer. 

Tyler Police say the only time fireworks are allowed in city is if a person is issued a permit.

Another concern 'celebratory gunfire' which is sometimes forgotten, " You cannot discharge a firearm in the city limits and it's extremely dangerous, those bullets are going up in the air and are coming down somewhere," said Martin.

While burn bans have not been issued throughout East Texas city and county officials say, people still need to be cautious.

"If there is an area that is open preferably away from any kind of tall grass or grass that has not been watered recently any woods, structures, you want to make sure you are far enough away from those when they are discharged," said Martin.

They're hazardous and can cause serious injuries. "Not allow children to handle fireworks, even sparklers are hot enough to cause severe injuries, depending on the type burn up to 3000 degrees," said Laura Mason, Assistant Fire Marshal.

We're told bottom line is people can get hurt, plus East Texas is very fortunate to have had a lot of recent rain fall.

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