Fourth of July firework safety

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it, and fireworks went on sale last Friday. KTVO sat down with Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes to learn about ordinances regarding fireworks and how to celebrate safely.

While the holiday means parades, family time and fireworks, it is important to use caution when setting off those fireworks. Kirksville City Ordinances allow fireworks to be sold beginning June 20th.

"I just want to remind people that you can't shoot fireworks until June 30th. You can shoot them through July 5th from 9 in the morning until 11 o'clock at night," said Chief Hughes.

However, that ordinance is not absolute.

"Everybody knows that there's an ordinance that allows you to shoot fireworks in Kirksville, but it's not absolute. By that, I mean if you have somebody that complains that you're causing too much noise or you're disrupting their ability to enjoy the quiet of their home or whatever else it is they have going on, they can call us and we will go out and investigate," added Hughes.

Police Chief Hughes also stresses the importance of reading all instructions before shooting off any fireworks.

"We hear every once and awhile that somebody has a bad experience, and they say something to the effect, well I didn't know it was going to do that. Well had they read the instructions, they would have known and they could have taken the proper safety precautions," said Hughes.

Even when using simple fireworks such as sparklers, it is always recommended to have supervision, especially when using them around young children. It is also important to pay attention to your surroundings before enjoying any Fourth of July fun.

"There's a lot of things you can do to stay safe, you know, have water available. If it's dry, consider whether you should even use them or not," added Hughes.

The City of Kirksville will be holding their yearly firework display beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Kirksville Country Club on the Fourth.