Police and fire officials on patrol to make 4th of July safe

Police and fire officials on patrol to make 4th of July safe
Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 5:44pm

Local Sheriff's Departments, Police and Fire Departments say they will be out in full force this weekend, some agencies even doubling officers on patrol.

4th of July celebrations kicked off at 10 Friday morning in Longview at Maude Cobb Convention Center, where 14 Longview police officers are stationed. Longview firefighters are also stationed at the event, on hand for any medical emergencies.

Fire officials across Gregg County will be on the lookout for people using fireworks inside city limits, which is illegal and can carry up to a $500 fine. If you do live outside city limits, Kilgore Assistant Fire Chief Michael Simmons want to remind you to be smart while shooting fireworks.

"While fireworks are fun...they are explosive devices and sparklers are actually very dangerous..a lot of people don't realize they burn...upwards of two thousand degrees and can very easily catch your clothes on fire..so we just encourage if you're using these devices..and having fun with fireworks..just to be safe while using them."

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