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Celebrate safely on July 4

Thursday, July 2, 2009

With Fourth of July celebrations just days away, authorities remind patrons of firework safety and city ordinances on the usage of fireworks.

"It's illegal to shoot any fireworks inside the city limits of Monett," said Monett Fire Chief Tom Jones.

Pierce City's ordinance on fireworks inside the city limits follows suit with Monett.

"No sale of fireworks or usage of fireworks are allowed inside the city limits," stated Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz. "We won't be roaming the roads looking for people shooting them off, but if there are complaints, we will have to tell them to quit."

In nearby Purdy there have been some exceptions made for firework usage during the Independence Day holiday.

The City of Purdy has decided, by a proclamation from Mayor Ron Dutra, that fireworks will be allowed inside city limits but with the following limitations:

* Fireworks will be allowed from 10 a.m. through 10:30 p.m. only from July 3 through July 5.

* Any fireworks discharged inside the city limits before or after the specified dates will result in a citation being issued and the fireworks will be confiscated by the police department.

* The Purdy Police Department and Purdy Fire Protection District will have the authority to stop any firworks from being discharged if it presents a hazard to people or property.

Additionally, the Purdy Police Department requests that children should only discharge fireworks under the supervision of an adult.

Missouri State Fire Marshall Randy Cole also suggests that children and fireworks are often a dangerous combination.

"Too often a child is seriously injured playing with fireworks," stated Cole. "These are not toys and even fireworks that seem harmless can potentially lead to a serious burn, particularly with a youngster."

The most recent state and national figures available indicate numerous injuries from fireworks, and in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires.

Cole says Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should follow basic safety practices:

* Purchase fireworks only from a properly licensed retailer.

* Always wear eye protection and earplugs if you have sensitive ears.

* Tie back long hair and don't wear loose fitting clothes.

* Only light one firework at a time.

* Never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned.

* Never have any part of your body over fireworks.

* Keep young children away from fireworks.

* Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

* Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

* Make sure to have water nearby in case of a fire or an accident.

* Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.

* Never light fireworks indoors.

* Don't use fireworks while consuming alcohol. Use a "designated shooter."

* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Don't save fireworks from season to season.

Anyone with concerns about the usage of fireworks should contact their local city officials.

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