Fayetteville Fire Marshal reminds residents of fireworks rules, safety tips

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Fireworks sales began in Fayetteville on June 27, and city officials are reminding residents of the rules for setting off fireworks inside the city limits.

The public may use fireworks inside Fayetteville city limits only on July 1-3 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and on July 4 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Children under 16 years must have an adult over 21 present while shooting fireworks. Skyrockets or aerial fireworks attached to a stick (bottle rockets) may not be discharged within the city limits of Fayetteville.

City officials also requested that debris from discharged fireworks be properly disposed. Residential and commercial trash and recycling routes will run as normal on July 4 this year.

Fayetteville Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Jeremy Ashley sent a handful of other safety tips and regulations to the media recently to help remind residents to take care when celebrating the 4th this year, and those tips are below.

From the release:

Please be advised that the use of fireworks comes with the need for safety precautions. Safety depends on using them legally and responsibly. Therefore, taking extra precautions with consumer fireworks can prevent injury and property damage. Celebrations can become tragic when someone is injured by consumer fireworks. The Fayetteville Fire Marshals Office wants everyone to have a safe holiday; therefore, we ask that you please consider the following recommendations:

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