LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - As we inch towards Fourth of July Weekend, a local volunteer fire chief says he love the reason we celebrate, but for him and the Paradise Valley Department near Lake Lawtonka, it’s not a holiday they look forward to.
“Most people are really happy for the fourth, it’s the day we dread because we know there will be lots of fires,” said Paradise Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Zivkovic.
Because the station is out of city limits, Zivkovic said it adds even more concern, knowing it’s essentially a free for all in the county.
“If they aren’t setting them at their house, they set them off in the road. And a lot of times, that will cause a grass fire,” said Zivkovic.
Another concern over fireworks is how dangerous they can be.
“Hand injury, eye injury and burns. Those are by far the most common and most significant,” said Dr. William Bickell, with CCMH.
Dr. Bickell said part of the problem is how unpredictable fireworks are, so even being as safe as possible isn’t always enough.
“You may be doing everything by the book and the firework is at fault. Regardless, it can cause damage,” said Dr. Bickell.
If you are choosing to shoot them off, Zivkovic said there are a few important things to be aware of.
“Make sure you have some kind of water source, a bucket water or a garden hose, in case a fire does get out of hand you can put it out. If your children are using them, make sure they are safe. I recommend them not using them at all,” said Zivkovic.
With so many events cancelled, Dr. Bickell said he understands the desire to purchase your own, but he wants people to weigh the risk you could be causing yourself, or people around the location you shoot them.
“Recommendation is to engage in the way professionals are doing it, and you are enjoying it. It’s easier, it’s cheaper and in my opinion more fun,” said Dr. Bickell.
RULES/ WEEKEND EVENTS PUT ON AREA COUNTIES AND CITIES
Duncan - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
City is hosting a celebration at Abe Raizen Park on Friday July 3rd
Marlow - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
Marlow parade, gathering, firework show set for this weekend
Stephens Co - Legal out in the county - has to be on own property, have permission from neighbors.
Frederick - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
The 3rd Annual Frederick Independence Day parade will be held July 4 at 10 am in downtown Frederick.
Lawton - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
No event, was cancelled due to COVID-19
Cache - can shoot them off your own property on July 4th, must have a permit, Purchase and Pick up by July 2nd
Can’t shoot on any city owned property, and you must be done by midnight
No city wide event
Elgin - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
On Saturday, people can shoot them off at the city baseball fields
No city wide event
Comanche Co - No rules against fireworks out in the county
Walters - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
City will shoot off firework show this weekend, and for those who want to shoot fireworks, you can at Sultan Park in the enclosed area
Cotton Co - we don’t have any rules - nothing posted - no rules, restrictions -
Altus - illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits
No city wide event, was cancelled due to COVID-19