City/County: Shooting Fireworks, Burning Banned
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY -
The hot and dry conditions have led Paducah and McCracken County officials to ban fireworks along with burning.
McCracken Judge Executive Van Newberry issued a fireworks ban on June 29, Paducah does not allow fireworks that leave the ground, explode or have a report. Paducah will have an Independence Day Celebration with a fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4 at the riverfront. The fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 pm. Entertainment starts at 6:30 pm.
McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden says those who violate the bans in the county could face criminal charges. For their part, the Paducah Police Department says they are ramping up enforcement of the city ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Stacey Grimes says, “Public safety is always our priority, and we will enforce the city ordinance banning the use of aerial and audible fireworks in the city limits. We will confiscate fireworks from individuals violating the ordinance, and they could face fines from $50 to $1000 and jail time up to 30 days if charged.”
Concerned about the extremely dry conditions, Paducah Fire Chief Steve Kyle says, “Even though Paducah only allows ground and handheld sparkling devices during the holiday, I highly encourage citizens to watch public fireworks displays rather than attempting to hold displays at their homes.”
Fire dangers aside from fireworks include grills and fire pits, according to Deputy Fire Chief Greg Cherry, “I discourage the use of both of these traditional holiday items. Under these conditions, tiny sparks and flames can lead to fast moving fires.” Deputy Chief Cherry also encourages people to make sure cigarettes and cigars are completely extinguished before disposal.
For those who decide to use the ground and handheld fireworks in Paducah, the Consumer Product Safety Commission provides the following safety recommendations:
•Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Young children often suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures near 2000 degrees.
•Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities and have items such as water and fire extinguishers readily available.
•Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
•After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.