Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Reminder: Fireworks illegal within city limits
The Bryan Fire Department wants all residents to have a safe and happy July 4. With that in mind, the Bryan Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind residents that possession, storage, attempts to sell or any lighted display of fireworks within 5,000 feet of the city limits is illegal. Fireworks include any and all items that can be purchased at fireworks stands, including sparklers (which burn at 1200 degrees 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 ages 5-9 had 2.5 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 half of those fires.
There will be plenty of professional fireworks displays the weekend of the July 4:
• Friday, July 2, at the Brazos Valley Bombers game
• Saturday, July 3, at Lake Bryan
• Sunday, July 4, at the George Bush Library
Residents are encouraged to go and enjoy these shows put on by professionals.
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