Safety do's and don'ts for fireworks on July 4th


ABILENE, Texas - For many, July 4th means fireworks and grilling out, but there are some things that you should be aware of during the holiday.

"You may want to have a fire extinguisher handy or a water hose and those kind of things and children certainly don't need to be popping off fireworks," Lt. Mike Miller, Abilene Fire Department, said.

One of the most important things to remember is to not shoot off fireworks within the city limits. If you do, you'll be facing a Class C misdemeanor and your fireworks will be confiscated.

Matt Smith owns his own firework stand on FM 1750 and he said he also has to follow a set of rules for the safety of his buyers.

"There's laws like we can't sell to 16 and under, we cannot sell to individuals who are inebriated," Smith said. "We can't set fireworks off 100 feet within this stand distance while it's open and we have to be so many feet off of the road to be able to sell fireworks."

If you'd like to leave the fireworks to the professionals, Abilene is having a show on July 4th. It will be next to the zoo at Nelson Park and fireworks are set to kick off around 9:30 p.m. VIP tickets are still available for purchase.