The Fourth of July is just around the corner and the lure of fireworks is strong among the young and young at heart.
There is nothing quite like the sizzle of a fuse before the explosion of color and noise to replicate the battle for our nation's freedom in 1776, but in Monett and other areas, there are restrictions on that type of celebration.
In Monett, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited.
|In Verona, fireworks may be discharged only on July 4, only on the resident's own property or a property where the owner has given permission for the discharge of fireworks.|
Pierce City also has ordinances prohibiting the discharge of fireworks at any time.
The City of Purdy allows the discharge of fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between July 1 and July 8.
Area residents are encouraged to celebrate at the Freedom and Fireworks festivities. The event is sponsored by the Monett Jaycees and area businesses, is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. on July 4 at Monett's South Park.
For those in rural areas wishing to host a celebration at home, there are a few tips for the safe handling of fireworks.
"Public displays are safest, but if you are having a home fireworks display, please follow these common-sense safety tips," said Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist at University of Missouri Extension.
* Always light fireworks outdoors in a clear area on a flat surface at least 25 feet away from onlookers, buildings, vehicles and combustible materials.
* Always supervise older children when they are lighting fireworks. Never allow children under age 10 to play with fireworks, including sparklers. (Sparklers can reach a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.)
* Light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting the devices. Never put fireworks in breakable containers like tin cans, clay pots or bottles that may shatter, and never hold fireworks in your hands when lighting them.
* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water handy for emergencies and douse any fireworks that do not ignite.
* Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
* Keep unused fireworks away from the area where fireworks are being lit, Always store fireworks in a dry, cool place and avoid rough handling that might damage the fuse or handles.
* Aim fireworks away from buildings and dry fields that can accidently be set ablaze.
"Celebrating Independence Day can be fun for the family, but fireworks are not a toy," Schultheis said, urging area celebrants to be safe this coming holiday.