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Posted on: June 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks Reminder

No Fireworks Allowed

Although citizens may consider enjoying fireworks outside of the city, it’s important to consider the dangers fireworks can cause. Each Fourth of July, thousands of people, often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than the temperature that it takes to melt glass. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44. Nearly 90% of emergency room firework related injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.

Fireworks are too risky for amateurs. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Also, please keep in mind that what goes up must come down. Shooting a gun in the air could potentially injury or even kill you or someone yards away.

You can find more information about firework safety at nfpa.org or call 903.237.1119

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