City urges firework safety for Fourth of July

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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The Fourth of July is fast approaching and this means longer and warmer days, BBQs, and, of course, fireworks.

Each year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks – the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events and injuries resulting from fireworks use and is both traumatizing and harmful to children, animals, and a growing number of war veterans who deserve our loyalty the most.

Completely aside from the danger (both legal and personal) of exploding fireworks, thereʼs a huge risk of fire and property damage.

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Many of our residents enjoy the holiday with their own firework displays. The city of Stanford wants to remind residents about the local rules and regulations pertaining to the discharging of fireworks.

  • It is important to understand that Lincoln County has different rules and regulations as it relates to fireworks, and the city does not regulate the discharge of fireworks outside the city limits.
  • Children 10 and younger participating in the firework festivities must have a supervising adult 18 years or older within 10 feet, in order to control the application of flame or other means to discharge the firework.
  • Residents should only discharge fireworks on private property. The discharging of fireworks within the City limits of Stanford can only take place between the hours of noon through 10 p.m. beginning June 29 through July 3. Only on July 4 may fireworks be discharged between the hours of noon and 12:30 a.m. per city ordinance number 310.03. Fireworks are prohibited from being discharged on all publicly owned areas such as parks, streets, cul-de-sacs, public sidewalks or public-right-of-ways or any publicly owned parking lot/parking space or alley.
  • Always remember to clean up after the fun! Fireworks are messy and tend to cause a lot of debris, please remember to pick up any trash left behind from the discharging of fireworks (it is illegal to leave debris from discharged fireworks).

Donʼt have your Fourth of July celebration spoiled with fines and upset neighbors. The cityʼs fireworks ordinance will be enforced by the cityʼs police officers.