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Local law enforcement agencies stress firework safety

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Several local law enforcement agencies are stressing firework safety for the Fourth of July holiday.

In the City of Shreveport, the sale, discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks authorized for sale pursuant to Louisiana state law is prohibited in the city limits, except from noon on June 24, 2013 through 10:00 p.m. July 5, 2013. Bottle rockets of any type or sky rockets with sticks are prohibited and it is unlawful to sell, possess, or use these types of rockets. Between now and July 5, 2013 no fireworks can be discharged within the city limits after 10:00 p.m.

Under Bossier City's Code of Ordinances, fireworks may be sold and discharged within the city limits of Bossier City from June 28 through July 5, inclusive, from the hours of 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. People who choose to discharge fireworks outside the legal time period could face fines of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.

In Tyler, Texas, all unauthorized fireworks are prohibited in the City of Tyler unless you have obtained a special permit from the City. All alcohol, smoking and fireworks are also not allowed in City Parks that includes Lake Tyler Parks and Lindsey Park.

The discharge of firearms into the air in celebration is a violation of the law in all areas. The act of discharging a firearm in the air is seen by some as a harmless expression of their parent culture or of good cheer. The reckless use of any firearm is hazardous, and the act of indiscriminately discharging a firearm in celebration is not as harmless as some believe.

Celebratory Gunfire, that is, shots fired in the air, has caused injury, death and property damage worldwide. Any falling object of sufficient mass accelerated by gravity alone has the potential to cause serious injury or death. There are several documented instances of citizens being killed by gunfire in the United States alone.

Local law enforcement agencies urge for residents to please celebrate responsibly and take some simple, common sense precautions to ensure no one is injured as we mark the birth of our great nation. Here are a few tips to keep in mind concerning fireworks safety:

-Always wear safety glasses and do not wear loose clothing when using fireworks.

-An adult should always be present and supervise the use of fireworks.

-Read all labels and follow all instructions before lighting fireworks.

-Light only one firework at a time.

-Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Consideration should be given to wind direction and ignitability of everything in the landing zone.

-Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand to extinguish an incipient fire.

-Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.

-Never ignite aerial fireworks where overhead obstructions (trees, eaves, wires, etc.) may interfere with trajectory into open air space. Never ignite aerial fireworks near an opening to a building.

-Do not point or throw fireworks at other people. Do not carry fireworks in you pockets. If one happens to ignite, severe burns may result.

-Always keep spectators a safe distance away.

-Dispose of fireworks only after you are sure they are completely out. If needed, spray them down with a hose and allow them to cool overnight. Treat them much as you would fireplace/stove ashes.

The Tyler Police Department also requests that drivers be aware of route changes for the 4th of July celebration at Lindsey Park on Spur 364. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. Spur 364 at Greenbriar Road will be closed to all eastbound traffic. Officers are requesting any resident who lives off Spur 364 between Loop 323 and Greenbriar Road, who needs to get to their residence during this time, to present their driver's license showing proof of their residency to the officers stationed at this location. Officers will allow residents only to proceed westbound on Spur 364.

At the completion of the program, the two left turn lanes eastbound on Highway 31 at Loop 323 will be closed. Traffic will not be allowed to turn left, north, onto Loop 323 from the eastbound lanes of Highway 31. Please be aware of officers in the roadway directing traffic.

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