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June 16, 2014

Reminder: Fireworks ban still in place

ENID, Okla. — Enid fire officials are reminding residents of a citywide ban that prevents the possession and discharge of fireworks within city limits.

Fireworks can be sold throughout Oklahoma between June 15 and July 6 by licensed retailers, according to state law.

“Counties, cities or towns may impose more stringent criteria to include prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks within their corporate limits,” the law reads.

Enid has prohibited the sale, possession, use or distribution of fireworks through city ordinance.

Consumer fireworks, commonly referred to as Class C fireworks, are prohibited in city limits, but novelty fireworks such as party poppers, snappers and smoke bombs are not.

The ordinance applies to fireworks that are not considered novelties that often bear a 1.4 g-rating on the packaging.

The ordinance states the definition of fireworks includes, but is not limited to, firecrackers, Roman candles, skyrockets, stick rockets and rocket-fired toys.

Although it is unlawful to sell, use, possess or distribute fireworks in Enid, it is not unlawful to transport fireworks purchased at stands into city limits if they are kept in their original packaging.

Anyone with fireworks in their possession can have their fireworks confiscated, according to ordinance and face fines and court costs.

“If you have them and are shooting them off in city limits, we can take them from you,” Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Moss said, noting fireworks will be destroyed after confiscation.

The use of fireworks in city limits is a class B offense and punishable by a fine up to $500 and court costs.

“We don’t want to ruin anyone’s Fourth of July,” said Fire Marshal Ken Helms, “but all fireworks are prohibited in the city.”

Helms said more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year in the United States. More than half of the fires are started by fireworks.

Moss said it is best to make arrangements to go to a friend or relative’s house outside city limits to set off fireworks.

However, he reminded the public it also is against Oklahoma law to set off fireworks on county or public roads, and it is illegal to ignite fireworks near a standing crop.

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