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Lubbock County allowing fireworks with some restrictions

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From Lubbock County Sheriff's Office:

The Sheriff's Office would like to stress that residents will still be able to shoot fireworks during the upcoming holiday in the unincorporated county area, provided they use caution.

The county's current partial fireworks ban doesn't exclude the use of all fireworks, rather only rockets with sticks and missiles with fins. A total ban on fireworks in unincorporated county areas has not been established.

City of Lubbock and other municipalities in Lubbock County do presently prohibit fireworks use or sale in their city limits. Lubbock County residents can still possess and shoot fireworks in areas outside restricted local cities.

Fireworks are one of the major sources for fire hazards at this time of year and the best way to eliminate those hazards is not to use fireworks at all. However, if citizens choose to exercise their right to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, we urge observance of the following fireworks safety rules:

  • Obey all local fireworks laws. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

  • Don't buy fireworks in brown paper packaging - they may have been made for professional displays and are dangerous to consumers.

  • Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels or fire extinguisher nearby.

  • Have a cell phone available to call 911 if a wild landfire is ignited by the fireworks.

  • Do not hold lit fireworks other than sparklers.

  • Never throw fireworks at another person, animal or vehicle.

  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. The container may shatter, causing serious injury or death.

  • Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.

  • The embers from sparklers are very hot and will burn the skin and fabrics.

  • Sparklers burn at a temperature near 2,000 degrees and the wire and sticks of sparklers will stay hot long after the sparkler has gone out. Never toss sparklers on the ground. They may catch dry grass and leaves on fire. Put used sparklers directly in a bucket of water.

  • Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time or hand a lighted sparkler to another person.

  • Never experiment with, modify, combine or create your own fireworks. Never try to re-light a firework that did not function.

  • Put used fireworks into a bucket of water or sand to put them completely out.

  • When finished, clean up all fireworks debris.

  • Never allow young children to play with or light fireworks.

  • Children should never be left unattended around fireworks, matches or lighters.

  • Many fireworks have age information printed on the packaging, similar to toys. Purchase and use only age appropriate fireworks for your children.

  • Children under 12 should not use sparklers or any other fireworks without very close adult supervision.

  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.

  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, especially wooden stick sparklers or run while holding sparklers.

Use of fireworks after midnight may be considered as disturbance of the peace, based on the factor of loud and unreasonable noise standards.

For more information, please contact the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office at 806-775-1600

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