Many people will choose to celebrate this holiday season with fireworks so Bossier City Fire Chief Sammy Halphen is advising everyone keep a few things in mind while discharging fireworks to prevent injuries and avoid violating the law.
Bossier City’s fireworks ordinance allows fireworks to be set off within the city limits from December 23 through January 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. except on New Year's Eve when fireworks may be discharged until 12:30 a.m. Persons who discharge fireworks outside the designated dates and time periods can be subject to fines of up to $500 or up to 60 days in jail.
When setting off fireworks keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent injuries:
- Always purchase fireworks from an established and reputable retail outlet.
- Young children should never be given fireworks to handle alone. Responsible adult supervision is a must.
- Never shoot, aim or throw fireworks at people or animals.
- Keep a bucket of water handy for emergencies (ideal for soaking hot sparklers).
- Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have failed to discharge. Douse with water and wait 15 minutes before properly disposing.
- Be aware of dry conditions. Use common sense. Never ignite fireworks on or near areas of dry vegetation. Doing so could spark fires.