Longview departments prepare to enforce fireworks laws

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 10:59am

The Longview Fire and Police Departments are preparing to strictly enforce laws regarding fireworks and discharging firearms within the City limits as residents celebrate the 4th of July.

City ordinance prohibits the use or possession of fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, skyrockets or sparklers. Anyone caught using or transporting fireworks within the City limits will be issued a citation with fines in excess of $300.00. In addition, anyone using fireworks that result in a fire is subject to being charged criminally by the Fire Department.

Emergency dispatchers receive numerous “shots fired” calls on July 4th and New Year’s holidays, due to people who discharge firearms in the air. This practice is extremely dangerous, as there is no way to predict where the bullet will fall and could result in death or serious bodily injury. Discharging a firearm within the City limits is also against the law and anyone caught doing so will be arrested.

Safe 4th of July celebrations are the goal of every member of the Longview Fire and Police Departments and we encourage every resident to help us ensure public safety by supporting the ban on fireworks and the illegal discharge of firearms.
 

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