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Safety Tips For A Safe Fourth Of July

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Fourth of July is a time of celebration.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - The Fourth of July is a time of celebration.

But it's a celebration that requires a lot of precautionary measures.

"In the City of Midland, if you can light it, it's illegal," said David Hickman, fire Marshall for the Midland Fire Department.

Hickman says fireworks are a major source of fire-related incidents around this time of year.

Bring fireworks inside city limits and you could face a fine of up to two-thousand dollars.

"You cannot bring fireworks into the city, you cannot discharge fireworks in the city legally," Hickman said.

Hickman tells me consumer fireworks are only allowed in the county.

As long as you have an open space and a cell phone ready for emergency calls, you're good to go.

But, if you need to use someone else's property, you'll need written permission from the property owner.

And as always, have fire protection ready.

"A fire extinguisher or water or even a shovel and dirt can help, and always supervise children when you're discharging fireworks," Hickman said.

Hickman tells me fires can develop very quickly through the use of fireworks.

While Midland is under a burn ban, the sale of bottle rocket fireworks or fireworks with sticks or fins are outlawed.

Hickman explains it's due to the unpredictable direction the fireworks can fly in.

"One year we had over 300 fire-related calls over the Fourth of July period. The next year we had a complete ban where they couldn't sell fireworks and our fires dropped to three that year," Hickman said.

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