Be Cautious With Fireworks

Written by on June 25, 2019

With July 4th right around the corner, firework stores are open and early revelry is picking up.

However festive they are, fireworks are also the cause of many injuries this time of year. National data shows that over 12,000 people visit the emergency room each year because of injuries related to fireworks.

And because of their very nature, fireworks are also the cause of accidental fires. Statistics show that 18,500 fires are started each year by fireworks, and cause an average of 3 deaths per year.

Cody Fire Marshal Sam Wilde cautions that despite the wet weather we’ve experienced recently, light fuels such as tall grasses can dry out very quickly with just a few hours of hot weather, so residents need to take precautions when planning to set off fireworks.

Wilde points out that fireworks are illegal on any public lands in the county as well as within the Cody city limits, with the exception of sparklers, snakes and smoke bombs, and are only permitted on privately owned property in the county.

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