(Neb.)- Local Authorities Urge Caution Over 4th Of July
(Chadrad News)- Fireworks season in Nebraska has two more days to run, with state law allowing the sale and use of fireworks today through the 4th of July.
Each community can adopt its own limits within that range, Chadron, for example, allows fireworks from 8 am to 10 pm until the 4th, when fireworks can be set off until 1 am, while Alliance hours expanded today to 9:00 a.m. until midnight tonight and tomorrow night.
There's always the concern among area fire officials that fireworks will start a fire in grass, shrubs, and trees. Crawford Fire Chief Brian Prosser says the fire danger isn't bad right now, but can change quickly.
As for fireworks safety, Chief Brian Prosser says adults need to remember it's illegal for anyone under 12 to buy fireworks or to use them without direct supervision by someone 18 or older, and that they should be used only in cleared areas.
Prosser also points out that fireworks safety not only includes using them, it includes properly disposing of expended fireworks, too - adding that the Crawford VFD has other safety tips online.
In Chadron, Police Chief Tim Lordino reminds everyone that it's unlawful to discharge fireworks in a public park or within 300 feet of a fireworks stand, or gas station. He has some other safety tips you should follow.
Use fireworks as only intended and according to their instructions, but be aware that even fireworks utilized in the right way can malfunction causing serious injury or death. Don't try to alter them or combine them. Attempts to manufacture homemade fireworks can be deadly and may be criminal in nature.
Have adult supervision at all times.
Always discharge fireworks in a clear and open area and always have water on hand (A hose or bucket). When shooting fireworks off with friends, ensure there is appropriate space so that people avoid running into each other during the "light and get away!" process.
Discharge one firework at a time and never relight a "dud" firework.
Do not point or throw fireworks at another person, object, or animal..
Avoid the use of alcohol while discharging fireworks
Have an alternate light source such as a flashlight or illumination available to see what you are attempting to light.
Report inappropriate or misuse of fireworks to the Chadron Police Department @ 432-0510
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