Independence Day is right around the corner, and it is time to remind area citizens about fireworks safety and city ordinances pertaining to the usage of fireworks.
According to Monett Fire Chief Tom Jones, using fireworks within the city limits is illegal. 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," said 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 July 4th 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 p.m. only from July 2 through July 4.
* Fireworks shall not be discharged inside the city limits before July 2 or anytime after July 4 or a citation shall be issued and the police department shall confiscate the fireworks.
* 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.
Anyone with concerns about the usage of fireworks should contact their local city officials.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following safety tips:
* Use fireworks outdoors only, away from buildings and vehicles.
* Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal, do not use them.
* Always have water handy, a hose or bucket.
* Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
* Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
* Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated shooter.
* Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities.
* Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives. They can kill. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department.
* Always read and follow label directions.
* Buy from reliable sources.
* Light fireworks one at a time.
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
* Never throw fireworks at another person.
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
* No part of the shooter's body should be over the firework.