Fireworks are a staple at Fourth of July celebrations across Texoma. Even with recent rain showers, Wichita Falls and other North Texas communities aren’t out of fire danger. The hot dry temperatures coupled with the city’s dwindling water supply means that even a relatively small fire could have devastating consequences.
As of noon on June 26th, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom has signed off on a fireworks order that set detailed restrictions on fireworks for the next 50 hours. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the governor has been asked to extend the restrictions through the end of July.
Wichita County Fireworks Restrictions
The use of fireworks in an outdoor environment by any person is restricted, even though Wichita County isn’t banning the sale of fireworks. You’re only going to be allowed to use fireworks, if you’re following certain guidelines.
The guidelines include where you can and cannot discharge fireworks, in addition to safe handling practices. People who are celebrating with fireworks are required to have a variety of fire-extinguishing items on hand in the event of a fire.
Additionally, it will also be necessary to have a person over the age of 18 acting as a spotter for potential fires. No fireworks are to be used during periods of high wind, which is 20 miles per hour or greater.
Notifying First Responders Ahead of Time
Finally, any business owner or individual allowing others to ignite fireworks on their premises, with or without charge, must register the activity with the Wichita County Sheriff and their local volunteer fire department at least 12 hours before the activity begins.First responders will take contact information including address and the name and information for the person responsible.
If you plan on using fireworks this Fourth of July, makes sure you’re fully capable of complying with all of the safety guidelines in place. Citizens can read a detailed description of the guidelines at Texoma’s Homepage.
Violation of any of these restrictions can result in a Class C Misdemeanor, which can include a fine up to $500. In addition to the criminal charge, offenders should know that if they violate the restrictions and somebody gets injured or suffers some type of property damage, they can be held liable for damages. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. For more information on fire damage cases, visit our website or call us at 940-761-4000.