City offers fireworks law reminders, safety tips

2011 marks the second year in which fireworks can be sold within the city limits of Fayetteville.

The public may use consumer fireworks within Fayetteville, with some exceptions.

According to city code, fireworks may only be used on private property with the consent of the property owner and between the hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on July 1-3, and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4.

Skyrockets or aerial fireworks attached to a stick (bottle rockets) may not be used within the city limits of Fayetteville.

If any person under the age of 16 years is present, an adult (at least 21 years of age) must supervise the discharge of all fireworks.

From a recent city release:

Please be advised that the use of fireworks comes with the need for safety precautions. Safety depends on using them legally and responsibility. Therefore, taking extra precautions can avoid injury and property damage by consumer fireworks. Celebrations can become tragic when someone is injured by consumer fireworks. We want you to have a safe holiday, so please take the time to provide a safe environment. Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks safety tips from the Fayetteville Fire Marshal’s Office

• Proceed with caution
• Provide an open area
   – no over-hang of foliage
   – minimum of 50′ clearance from building/spectators/vehicles
   – flat surface to set fireworks on
• Provide a working fire extinguisher and water hose
• Read label and instructions of each fireworks product
• Don’t use if the item has been damaged or has been wet
• If any person under 16 years of age is present while fireworks are discharged, an adult at least 21 years of age must supervise
• Do not wear loose clothing or open-toe shoes
• Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Just like having a designated driver, have a designated igniter.