Expect a Long, Loud Fourth of July Weekend

Fireworks of various colors bursting against a black backgroundEleven days of fireworks sales are expected to produce another booming Fourth of July weekend this year. With the 4th falling on Monday, fireworks will most likely be exploding for four straight nights starting this Friday. That means another successful year for fireworks wholesalers and a busy weekend for firefighters.

“We are encouraging our citizens to leave the fireworks celebration to the professionals that produce a very professional and safe program,” said Fire Marshal David Collins with the Wichita Falls Fire Department.

“The July 4th holiday weekend is always busy,” said Bonham Fire Chief Brad Nichols.  “Whether it be brush/wildland fires, boating/water related injuries, or sun/heat related injuries, we stay busy throughout the weekend. Every call means that our firefighters are exposed to high temperatures. The best and safest thing we can do to protect ourselves is to stay hydrated.”

Captain Larry L. Davis with the Amarillo Fire Department said his city’s firefighters sign up on a list ahead of time, to have additional resources available if needed. “Our weather is the largest factor on determining if we are going to have additional staffing on duty for the holiday.”

“Farmers Branch is prepared for this weekend,” said Tim Dedear with the Farmers Branch Fire Department.”  “The weekend is typically an average weekend for us regarding fire and EMS response.  he possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited in the City of Farmers Branch.”

Firework wholesalers say last year’s 4th was their best year ever and they think this year may be just as profitable.  “Having a long weekend, great weather and new locations should make for another good year,” said Chester “Red” Davis, president of American Fireworks.

Davis said the new locations mean fireworks stands can now be set up just one foot outside city limits, compared to what used to be 5,000 feet outside city limits. New legislation also allows for fireworks sales to include Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day and Memorial Day Weekend.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) recommends you secure your pets starting this Friday and through the weekend as animal shelters say the loud explosions frighten dogs and cats leaving them lost and looking for their owners.

This article is brought to you by the Insurance Council of Texas

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