The Midland Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind the citizens of Midland that the possession and discharge of fireworks within the city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits is prohibited by law.
Any firework that must be ignited by a heat source is illegal to possess or discharge. Small items such as "poppers" are not prohibited. Individuals are subject to confiscation of all fireworks found in their possession and a fine up to $2,000 plus court costs.
Fireworks also may not be discharged on federal, state, or county roadways. If individuals plan to discharge fireworks on private property not belonging to them, they must have a written letter of permission from the land owner.
Midland citizens are encouraged to attend a sanctioned fireworks show such as the free Star-Spangled Salute event that will be hosted at Hogan Park on July 4 by the Midland Chamber. For more information, please visit www.FourthinMidland.com.
The Midland Fire Department also reminds citizens to use caution when discharging fireworks. Eye and burn injuries are common among children, and they should be supervised by an adult. Devices such as sparklers may reach temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers account for 41 percent of fireworks-related injuries.
Grass fires are another potential risk during fireworks season. Have at least one of the following extinguishing agents available while discharging fireworks: water, sand or dirt, or a portable fire extinguisher. Never hesitate to call 911 if a fire develops.
The Midland Fire Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.###
Media Contact: Fire Marshal David Hickman