By Cass Rains Staff Writer



Barbara McFadden and Trisha Johnson are fed up with fireworks.

This year's Fourth of July celebration was more worry than wonderment for the two women, who said people were shooting fireworks off near their homes dangerously and often.

"It's just like living in a war zone," McFadden said about this year's Fourth of July near her home in the 3200 block of North 5th. "It was just fireworks, fireworks all the time."

McFadden said people in her neighborhood began shooting fireworks as early as July 1 and as late as Tuesday. She said she thought a fireworks stand near her home may have contributed to the amount of blasts, booms and pops nearby.

"I saw little, little children walking down to buy them and coming back," McFadden said.

She said she called Enid Police Department Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but doesn't hold police responsible for the action of her neighbors.

"I don't blame them (police) for not tying themselves up, but just driving by doesn't do anything," she said.

Johnson said she didn't contact police because she knew nothing would be done in her neighborhood in the 3900 block of Southgate.

"They know this happens," Johnson said about people parking on her street to watch the city of Enid's Meadowlake Park fireworks display then shooting off their own fireworks afterward.

Johnson said she wasn't as upset with the noise from fireworks as she was with the trash left behind.

"This is an every year thing," Johnson said. "This year, the trash is worse."

McFadden said the amount of fireworks was worse than in previous years in her neighborhood, too.

"They've been shooting them off all season," she said. "Even on July 5 they were still shooting them off."

EPD Capt. Jim Nivison said police did receive a large volume of calls this year, most concerning fireworks within city limits.

"It's easy for people to bring them back in," Nivison said. "But we can't just pull people over as they're coming in (from fireworks stands).

"The stands are out of our jurisdiction, and it borders on entrapment."

Nivison said there were no citations issued for violation of the Enid fireworks ordinance.

According to an Enid city ordinance, "It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, possess, use or distribute fireworks" without a permit.

The ordinance also states "Any fireworks found in violation ... shall be seized and, upon conviction, such fireworks shall be forfeited to the city and destroyed."

The city's ordinance defines "fireworks" as any explosive device containing 50 milligrams of class C powder, or consumer fireworks containing .05 grams of "gun powder."

This would make popular fireworks such as Black Cats, Roman candles and rocket-type fireworks illegal within Enid city limits. Possession of fireworks in violation of the ordinance is a ticketing offense, with a fine of $100 and confiscation of fireworks.

But, some fireworks are legal to possess within city limits. Party Poppers and snap pops are allowable, as are other smaller consumer fireworks.

Title 68 of Oklahoma law is similar to the Enid ordinance, stating possession of class C fireworks is prohibited, as is detonation of class C fireworks. The law also allows for cities and townships to create their own rules and regulations on fireworks, either banning or allowing them within the town or city limits.

Those in violation of the state law could receive a fine of $100 for discharging fireworks outlawed by Title 68. The selling of those outlawed fireworks can result in a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

A second offense could result in a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to 18 months in a county jail.

Undersheriff Jerry Niles said Garfield County Sheriff's Department did not issue any citations for the fireworks this year but did write a lot of warnings and seized some fireworks.

Nivison said parents could help prevent some of the city ordinance violations.

"If people will allow their children to break the law and not prevent them from doing it, they are setting bad examples," he said.



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