STILLWATER, Okla. — Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins reminds residents of city ordinances and how to stay safe with fireworks on the Fourth of July.
1 How does the fire department prepare for the Boomer Blast fireworks celebration?
The fire marshal’s office is responsible for inspecting the fireworks that will be displayed and insuring that all equipment and installation is in compliance with fire code standards. Once confirmed, we will issue a fireworks permit to the vendor responsible for the display. Additionally, the fire department will have a fire unit on stand-by near the launch site in the event of some form of accident.
2 What are residents not allowed to do with fireworks, according to city ordinances?
City ordinance does not allow for the use of fireworks inside the city limits other than those sponsored by the city at Boomer Lake. There have been other permits issued to professional pyrotechnic companies in the past at other locations, but on a limited basis.
3 What are the consequences of violating those ordinances?
Those found in violation of city ordinance in regard to fireworks will be fined for the offense. If damages from a fire result from the use of fireworks, the responsible party would be liable for those damages. If significant damages were to occur, the responsible party could also be charged with arson.
4 What safety measures can people use when shooting off fireworks?
All use of fireworks should be under adult supervision. Fireworks should be placed on a level surface and spectators should remain at a safe distance. If using sparklers, there should be a container with water in it and the used sparklers should be placed in that container to prevent accidental burns from the hot wire.
5 Where can residents find more information to have a fun but safe Independence Day?
For more information about fireworks safety, the public can visit the NFPA website at NFPA.org.