Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Every year thousands go to Natchitoches to see their holiday fireworks celebration.
Now through New Year's Eve, people in Shreveport, and many other Ark-La-Tex towns, can have their own fireworks celebration, albeit on a much smaller scale.
That said, Shreveport Police remind people that fireworks are explosives, and precautions should be made.
Safety is something SPD's Chief Administrative Officer Bill Goodin takes extremely seriously. He urges parents to never let their kids play with fire works unsupervised, giving this warning, "it never fails that we're going to respond to several calls where we'll get there and there's no parents, no adult supervision, just kids out there popping fireworks, and really, that's potentially a recipe for disaster."
That's exactly what they're trying to avoid. Goodin also reminded people about other safety precautions; "another thing that people don't always think about is to have some water source nearby, and be ready, just in case. And I know, we've had a lot of rain lately, and thank goodness we're not in a drought period, but if you have some sort of accident, something catches on fire, have some sort of water nearby that you can extinguish flames."
Police want people to enjoy fireworks and celebrating the holidays, but be safe doing so. That's why they're taking a zero tolerance policy on people who shoot guns into the air. "The bottom line is that when that projectile goes into the air you never know where it's going to come down, and if we catch you, we are going to put you in jail, there's no two ways about it," said Goodin.
So let fireworks, not firearms, be the celebration of the season.
Shreveport: In the city of Shreveport, the sale, discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks authorized for sale pursuant to Louisiana state law is prohibited in the city limits, except from noon June 25th through 10:00 p.m. July 5th and noon December 15th through 10:00 p.m. January 1st of each year. Bottle rockets of any type, or sky rockets with sticks, are prohibited and it is unlawful to sell, possess, or use these types of rockets. Between now and December 31, 2009 no fireworks can be discharged within the city limits after 10:00 p.m. On New Year's Eve, fireworks can legally be discharged from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on January 1, 2012.
Bossier City: Bossier City’s fireworks ordinance allows fireworks to be set off within the city limits from December 23 through January 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. except on New Year's Eve when fireworks may be discharged until 12:30 a.m. Persons who discharge fireworks outside the designated dates and time periods can be subject to fines of up to $500 or up to 60 days in jail.