Bossier City fire officials urge holiday caution when handling fireworks

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 9:54am

Beginning today, fireworks may be sold and discharged in Bossier City for the July 4th holiday period so Fire Chief Brad Zagone is reminding the public to play it safe if they choose to celebrate with fireworks.

Under Section 38-294 of Bossier City’s Code of Ordinances, fireworks may be sold and discharged within the city limits of Bossier City from June 28 through July 5, inclusive, from the hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Persons who discharge fireworks outside the legal time period could face fines of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.

Chief Zagone offers these safety tips when discharging fireworks:

• Always purchase fireworks from a reputable retail outlet.
• Never shoot off fireworks indoors.
• Young children should never be given fireworks to handle alone. Responsible adult supervision is a must.
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
• Use a “punk” to ignite fireworks. Never use an open flame such as a cigarette lighter or match.
• Never shoot, aim or throw fireworks at people or animals.
• Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy for emergencies. Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Douse with water and wait 15 minutes before properly disposing.
• Be aware of dry conditions. Never ignite fireworks on or near dry vegetation. Doing so could spark fires.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings and flammable materials.
 

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