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Fireworks illegal in Oklahoma City

staff report

With Independence Day nearing, City officials want to remind residents that it is illegal to purchase, possess, manufacture or use fireworks in the Oklahoma City limits without a permit.
Sparklers, snakes and bottle rockets are included in the ban.

“People are surprised to learn their childhood favorite, sparklers and snakes, are not allowed in Oklahoma City,” said Chief Kellie Sawyers, Assistant Fire Marshal. “The fact is, they simply aren’t safe since they generate heat in excess of 1800 degrees. It’s best to leave the pyrotechnics to the experts and attend a public fireworks show.”

Dangers associated with fireworks include building and brush fires and bodily injuries.
The ban on fireworks in Oklahoma City has been in effect for more than 30 years.

Violators can be fined up to $167, not including court fees, and the fireworks will be confiscated. The ordinance is enforced by the Oklahoma City Police Department and Oklahoma City Fire Marshal’s Office.

For details, contact the Fire Marshal’s office at 297-3584.

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