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Fireworks remain illegal within city limits, Oklahoma City officials say

Officials recommend safety measures when using fireworks this Fourth of July. Using fireworks in most Oklahoma City metro cities is illegal, except during specific hours in Mustang.
BY CARMEN FORMAN Published: July 3, 2012

People who wish to celebrate the Fourth of July by shooting off fireworks might want to head to Mustang, since the activity is illegal in Oklahoma City and most other metro cities.

Setting off fireworks is allowed in Mustang from 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

It is illegal to buy, possess, manufacture or ignite fireworks without a permit within city limits in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Yukon, Midwest City and Del City, officials said.

Deputy Chief Kellie Sawyers with the Oklahoma City Fire Department said anyone found with fireworks in the city limits can be charged up to $167 and the fireworks will be confiscated.

“They're dangerous, they cause injuries, they can cause property destruction and have been illegal in Oklahoma City for over 30 years,” Sawyers said.

The National Fire Protection Association said 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospitals across the U.S. in 2010.

Most injuries from fireworks are burns and eye injures, Sawyers said, saying many people look at the fireworks when they don't go off and then explode in their faces.

Kayla Costner with the American Red Cross said people lighting fireworks always should wear eye protection and keep a supply of water nearby.

Fireworks never should be given to small children or thrown toward people, flammable objects or animals, Costner said.

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