The City of Midwest City released information about fireworks safety ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks are illegal within city limits. The city is hosting a Tribute to Liberty celebration that includes a live music, food trucks, a Patriot Pups contest and a professional fireworks show. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Fireworks will start after dusk.
Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals
In 2021, at least nine people died, and an estimated 11,500 were injured in incidents involving fireworks. More information about fireworks-related injuries/deaths can be found on this page from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission : Fireworks | CPSC.gov
Fireworks in Midwest City
Fireworks are illegal in our City limits. It is illegal to “store, sell, transport, explode or discharge any fireworks in the city” – which includes “firecrackers, airborne rockets, cartridges, sparklers, Roman candles and other devices producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration or detonation or other means, designed and intended for pyrotechnic display.” You can find this information in Sec. 15-31 and 32 of our code of ordinances.
The fine is $311.
If you see fireworks being discharged in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1. Please be prepared to sign a complaint. We get many calls about fireworks this time of year but typically they won’t be discharged in the presence of a police officer so we need the caller to identify the person or persons discharging fireworks, sign a citizen’s complaint if they want charges pursued and testify in court at a later date.
Also, please know that on the 4th of July, we will receive a significant increase in calls about illegal fireworks and we will do our best to respond, but our response to calls has to be prioritized. For example, an accident with an injury would be given priority over illegal fireworks. Safety personnel are also dedicated to the Tribute to Liberty event during this time.
Fireworks and PTSD
For people with PTSD, the sound of fireworks can cause panic attacks or trigger flashbacks. The experience can trigger nightmares, insomnia or other PTSD symptoms.
Also impacted are those with autism or developmental disabilities and victims of gun violence.
Here are more resources on this topic:
- How Veterans With PTSD Can Cope With July 4th Fireworks (aarp.org)
- Independence Day Celebrations Can Trigger PTSD In Veterans | VA [Veterans Affairs]
Fireworks and Pets
Fireworks can cause severe stress for pets such as dogs and cats. Horses have also been known to experience severe stress due to fireworks.
Animal experts recommend that you not bring your pet to 4th of July celebrations where fireworks will be present. Leave your dog or cat at home and create a quiet space with a favorite bed or blanket. Playing relaxing music can help sooth a panicked dog or cat.
Check your pet’s ID tags and microchip information as more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other holiday.
Here are some other tips to keep your pets safe on the 4th of July:
Fireworks and Being a Good Neighbor
Please be a good neighbor and don’t set off fireworks in your neighborhood. It’s a perfect time to teach your children concern for others and animals by explaining why your family doesn’t set off fireworks.
Have a happy, and safe, 4th of July!