One week from today is the big day — Independence Day. It is a day filled with parades, community gatherings and celebrations of country. 

It is also a day filled with fireworks —whether that be a big show put on by a community, or the fireworks exploding in the neighborhood, purchased from temporary stands that dot communities this time of year. 

There are legalities to observe with consumer fireworks — every municipality has times and dates that fireworks can be sold and discharged. 

In El Dorado, legal fireworks start today. They can be discharged from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through July 4. And 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4. 

“We like to also note that fireworks cannot be shot off in public areas such as parks, playgrounds, school properties, etc… without permission from the owner,” wrote Tabitha Sharp, El Dorado City Clerk, in an email to the Times-Gazette. “Fireworks debris must be cleaned out of the streets, but please refrain from putting them in trash carts until they have cooled. The previous violations are all subject to jail time or a fine if someone is found guilty, and if they catch their trash cart on fire, they will be charged for a replacement. Fireworks are not recyclable. Anyone who would like to report violations should call 322-4398.”

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

— Consumer Product Safety Commission



 

El Dorado

Fireworks can be discharged as follows:

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27th – July 3rd

• 8 a.m. to midnight July 4th

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5th

 

 

Tent applications

• KA-Boomers-2502 W Central

• Wholesale Fireworks Enterprises- 600 N Main & 301 S Village

• Farha Fireworks-2335 W Central

• Bellino Fireworks- 2506 W Central

Andover

Fireworks can be discharged as follows:

June 27

Sale 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Discharge 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

June 28 and 29

Sale

8 a.m.until 11 p.m.

Discharge

10 a.m. Until 11 p.m.

June 30 to July 2

Sale 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Discharge 10a.m. until 10 p.m.

Wednesday

July 3 to 5

Sale 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Discharge 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.



Tent applications

Shocker Fireworks, 429 N Andover Road

Shocker Fireworks, 2035 N Andover Road

Wholesale Fireworks, 1611 Ledgerwood Drive

Wholesale Fireworks, 1609 W 21st St

Wholesale Fireworks, 1600 W Hwy 54

Wholesale Fireworks, 308 W Hwy 54

Farha Fireworks, 532 N Andover Road

Bellino Enterprises, 301 S Andover Road

 

Rose Hill

Fireworks can be discharged as follows:

The discharge of fireworks within the city shall be permitted only from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except that fireworks may be discharged from 8:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on July 4th. Persons may discharge fireworks within the city limits on July 4th between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, provided that the use is restricted to private property of the user or the user has the permission of the property owner prior to the discharge of any fireworks and that further, the use is not upon public or city property, streets, alleys, parks, thoroughfares, or any appurtenance or portion thereof. Provided, however, that no fireworks may be sold or discharged earlier than noon on any Sunday.

 

Tent applications

 Rose Hill Historical Society





Towanda

 

Fireworks can be discharged as follows:

• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27th - July 2

• 10 a.m. to midnight July 3, 4

• noon to midnight July 5

Tent applications

• Fireworks 1162 SW Hunter Rd  (HWY 254 & Hunter Rd)

Benton 

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 to July 3

10 a.m. to midnight July 04  

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 05    

Tent applications

14580 SW 20th Street, Benton – Jimmy Ballard Jr.