As Franklin County and its residents celebrate Independence Day Wednesday by the rockets’ red glare, public safety officials are encouraging everyone to stay safe and know fireworks restrictions that may be in place where they live.
Several towns in Franklin County have laws forbidding fireworks within city limits. Instead, residents are encouraged to attend professional fireworks displays.
In addition to areas of unincorporated Franklin County, only the cities of Gerald, St. Clair and Union allow fireworks to be discharged in city limits, but there are restrictions.
The following is a list of fireworks guidelines for several municipalities compiled by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
• County — In unincorporated Franklin County there are no restrictions on fireworks use.
• St Clair — Fireworks can be discharged within St. Clair city limits July 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Large cannon size fireworks are prohibited.
• Union — Fireworks can be discharged within Union city limits July 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Gerald — No fireworks will be discharged within the city of Gerald except for the following dates: July 4 to July 10. Fireworks may be discharged July 4 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• New Haven — No fireworks are allowed at any time.
• Pacific — No fireworks are allowed at any time.
• Sullivan — No fireworks are allowed at any time. A public fireworks show will be held July 4 at dark at the fairgrounds.
• Washington — No fireworks are allowed at any time. A public fireworks show will be held July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
If residents live in areas where fireworks are allowed, officials stress the use of caution and offer these safety tips:
• Light one firework at a time and quickly move away.
• Have a bucket of water and/or a water hose nearby.
• A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks activities.
• Read your fireworks labels before lighting them.
• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area — away from buildings and cars. Never light fireworks indoors.
• Never throw or point fireworks at people or pets.