Oklahoma City fire officials are encouraging private citizens to let experts handle fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday because they say it will lead to a safer holiday.
Fire department code enforcement officers responded last year around the Fourth of July holiday to 23 calls and complaints involving the lighting of fireworks. Firefighters responded to five fires caused by fireworks during the same time.
In 2004, there were about 18,900 fires in the United States caused by fireworks, causing nearly $22 million in property damages, according to statistics provided by the fire department. The statistics state that children under age 15 suffered 40 percent of the 9,600 injuries caused by fireworks in 2004.
It’s against the law to sell, possess or set off fireworks without a permit in the limits of the City of Oklahoma City. Violations carry a fine up to $200, including court fees, and confiscation of fireworks.
The fire department provided this list of fireworks displays in Oklahoma City:
June 30, 7 p.m. — Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland (inside pyrotechnics)
July 1, 7 p.m. — Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland (inside pyrotechnics)
July 1 — Crossroads Cathedral, 8901 S Shields
July 1 — Eagle Heights Church, 12000 S Interstate 35 Service Road
July 1 — Factory Direct Furniture & Bed, 219 S Portland
July 1 — Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N May
July 1 — Grace Place Baptist Church, 9300 S Anderson
July 2 — Downtown Airpark, 1701 S Western
July 3 — Downtown Airpark, 1701 S Western
July 3 — North Church, 1601 W Memorial
July 3 — Auburn Meadows housing addition, NW 178 and Pennsylvania (pyrotechnics and fireworks)
July 3 — State Fair Speedway, 1001 N May
July 4 — Downtown Airpark, 1701 S Western
July 4 — The Links Golf & Athletic Club, 700 NE 122
July 4 — Sportsman’s Country Club, 4001 NW 39
July 4 — Bricktown Association, Sheridan & Byers
July 5 — AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle
July 6 — AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle
July 7 — The Links at Mustang Creek, 2004 S Mustang