It[s that time of year for the fireworks stands to start attracting customers as the July Fourth holiday rapidly approaches.
That means Henryetta firemen are going to be on extra alert since many of those celebrations wind up causing unintended blazes.
Fire chief David Bullard said the city has laws in place governing shooting fireworks as well as the sales of those pyrotechnics.
Individuals, businesses or groups who want to use fireworks within the city limits must get a $17.25 permit from city hall. Those fireworks can only be shot off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 through July 5.
"We want people to enjoy the holiday but they need to shoot off the fireworks responsibly and make sure no one gets hurt or property damaged," Bullard said.
He pointed out no fireworks can be used within 500 feet of a gas station or any place where propane is stored or sold. "People need to keep them more than 20 feet away from houses or vehicles and they can't be thrown out of moving vehicles he added.
Anyone violating the ordinances can be ticketed and pay a fine.
Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:
Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.