The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office would like to stress that residents will still be able to shoot fireworks during the upcoming holiday in unincorporated county areas, provided they use caution.
The county’s current partial fireworks ban doesn’t exclude the use of all fireworks, rather only Rockets with sticks and Missiles with fins.
A total ban on fireworks in unincorporated county areas has not been established.
City of Lubbock and Other Municipalities in Lubbock County do presently prohibit fireworks use or sale in their city limits.
Lubbock County residents can still possess and shoot fireworks in areas outside restricted local cities.
Fireworks are one of the major sources for fire hazards at this time of year, and the best way to eliminate those hazards is not to use fireworks at all. However if Citizens chose to exercise their right to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, we urge observance of the following Fireworks Safety Rules.
· Obey all local fireworks laws. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
· Don’t buy fireworks in brown paper packaging, they may have been made for professional displays and are dangerous to consumers.
· Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels, or fire extinguisher nearby.
· Have a cell phone available to call 911 if a wild land fire is ignited by the fireworks.
· Do not hold lit fireworks, other than sparklers.
· Never throw fireworks at another person, animal, or vehicle.
· Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. The container may shatter, causing serious injury or death.
· Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.
· The embers from sparklers are very hot and will burn the skin and fabrics.
· Sparklers burn at a temperature near 2,000 degrees and the wire and sticks of sparklers will stay hot long after the sparkler has gone out. Never toss sparklers on the ground. They may catch dry grass and leaves on fire. Put spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
· Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time or hand a lighted sparkler to another person.