Friday, July 01, 2011
Reminder: Fireworks illegal in city limits
The Bryan Fire Department wants to remind all citizens of Bryan that possession, storage, attempts to sell, or any lighted display of fireworks within 5,000 feet of the city limits is illegal by City ordinance. Additionally, there is a complete fireworks ban for Brazos County during the Independence Day holiday. Fireworks include any and all items that can be purchased at fireworks stands, including sparklers (which burn at 1200 degrees Farenheit and can severely burn a child).
Anyone caught violating this ordinance will have all their fireworks confiscated and destroyed, and face a fine of up to $2,000. Members of the Fire Marshal’s Office will be supplementing the Bryan Police patrol in an effort to address any illegal fireworks issues.
In 2008 fireworks used by private individuals caused an estimated 22,500 fires, with $42 million in property damage. An estimated 7,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Teens ages 15-19 and children 5-9 had 2 ½ times the risk for injury than the rest of the population. More fires are reported in the U.S. on Independence Day than any other day and fireworks account for more than ½ of those fires.
This year our area and our state have experienced severe drought conditions. The conditions are perfect for disastrous results from any fire that gets out of control. Since January 1 of this year, over 3 million acres have burned in Texas. The danger from ignition sources is just too great to take any risk.
As a precaution, all possible ignition sources should be closely monitored; sources include any lit grill or BBQ pit, possible errant sparks from the exhaust of 4-wheelers or other ATVs, motor vehicles driven through tall, dry grass, and cigarette butts.
Remember, even the professional fireworks displays have been cancelled this year. There are alternative Independence Day displays in our area, please check the sources below for more information.
Bush Library Celebration
Brazos Valley Bombers Celebration
Brazos Heritage Celebration
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