July 01, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fire Department issues fireworks reminder

The Springfield Fire Department would like to remind residents that it is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.

In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires.

In addition to fires, fireworks can also cause injuries including serious burn and eye injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010, fireworks were the cause of 8,600 visits to emergency rooms across the nation. Injuries to children under the age of 15 accounted for about 40 percent of those injuries.

With that in mind, the Springfield Fire Department is asking all residents to follow these tips this 4th of July:

Over the holiday period, the Springfield Fire and Police Departments will enforce the City’s fireworks ordinance. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.

For more information, contact: Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Restelli Erwin, (417) 864-1699.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire