By Tammy Moore Teague
Each municipality in Sebastian County has its own ordinances in place regarding fireworks. We have compiled a list of regulations set forth in our area.
- Mansfield – NO fireworks within the city limits
- Hackett – 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on July 4
- Hartford – July 2 – July 5 from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
- Waldron – NO fireworks within the city limits
- Huntington – July 1-10 Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-midnight on July 4 – 8 a.m.-1 a.m. on July 5
In addition to obeying the laws set forth by the city, remember to be safe this Fourth of July. First, by making sure a responsible adult supervises all firework activities. This person should be aware of the type of fireworks they are using and follow the cautionary labels. Children should never be allowed to ignite fireworks, they should always be supervised by an adult. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix, it impairs your judgment. Lastly, make sure you put out spent or even “dud” fireworks. It’s recommended that you have buckets of water or water hose on hand as a precautionary measure. Multiple injuries occur each year due to firework accidents.
Pets, let’s not forget the safety of our pets! It’s not a good idea to bring pets to community fireworks events. If you are setting them off at home, be sure your pet is inside and in a safe area. Remember they can hear amplified sounds, and it can be terrifying to pets. Make sure your pet has an I.D. tag in case they run away. Shelters always see an influx in intake animals following the holiday.
We at Resident Press wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. A special thanks to all our servicemen and women who make this day possible!