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Fireworks 4-1-1: What you need to know to make the 4th a bang

By Braid Blanks, bblanks@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 27 2013 01:56:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 04:44:48 PM CDT

ABILENE, Texas -

For most people the Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand, but there are things you need to know before you light up the sky.

Even though we've had some rain we are currently in a drought.

Some places are even in a severe drought, which of course means prime conditions for wildfires.

Fireworks are allowed outside the city limits. But be sure and check to see if your county has enacted any kind of ban on aerial fireworks.

The Abilene Fire Department wants to warn people to shoot off their fireworks carefully and within the law because if they don’t, there will be consequences.

“If you even possess fireworks in the city of Abilene or if you shoot them, you can be issued a Class C misdemeanor citation that can carry up to a $500 fine,” Abilene FireDepartment spokesman Lt. Greg Goettsch said. “You will probably have your fireworks confiscated at the same time.”

Here are some things you need to keep in mind to be safe when using fireworks of any kind: only burn outside the city limits, always have adult supervision, and make sure there is a good water supply nearby. Always call 9-1-1 for any fire that may occur.

With the recent rain, no aerial fireworks have been banned in our area fireworks went on sale this week, and apparently business has been good so far, according to Discount Fireworks on the southeast corner of FM 707 and FM 1750 in Abilene.

“We’ve had a lot of customers,” said Don Morrison of Discount Fireworks. “They come in and start out making small purchases and as we get closer and closer to the fourth, people start coming in and getting what they really want. We have something for everyone: firecrackers, rockets… everything,”

The Abilene police and fire departments will be out looking for violators. So celebrate but do so cautiously and responsibly.