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Stay safe when using fireworks

By Staff | Jun 23, 2017

Fireworks will begin selling on Tuesday, June 27. With the use of fireworks, there are safety precautions that every fireworks fan should practice.

“The biggest thing we recommend is to stay away from buildings and vehicles,” said David Schneibel, Jr. of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. “Also, have a hose or bucket of water available. From a fire safety standpoint, those are the two biggest keys.”

Schneibel also recommends that users should always be careful while lighting. “Don’t put your head or hands over top of the fireworks while lighting in case they go off early. If one doesn’t go off, if it’s a dud, abandon it. Don’t try to relight it,” he said.

According to Section 9.36.050 of the City Ordinances, permitted hours of use are June 27 through July 2, 8 a.m. 11 p.m., 8 a.m. July 3 1 a.m. July 4, 8 a.m. July 4 1 a.m. July 5, and 8 a.m. 11 p.m. July 5.

No person shall ignite or discharge any fireworks within 100 feet of a fireworks booth, gasoline service stations, gasoline dispensers, flammable or combustible liquid tank fill or vent lines, above-ground flammable or combustible liquid tanks, or any building, structure or vehicle containing unsealed flammable or combustible liquids, hazardous materials or explosives.

No person shall ignite or discharge any fireworks within or throw from a motor vehicle or at any person, group of people, animal or group of animals. Ignition or discharge of fireworks shall take place so as to not endanger persons, animals, buildings, structures, property, brush, automotive vehicles and/or equipment, etc. (Ord. 378, 2012).

According to Section 9.36.060, penalty for violation for any person or persons is, upon conviction, a fine of no less than 10 dollars and no more than 50 dollars, as well as responsibility for all damages caused to persons or property by reason of such unlawful act.

Schneibel encourages anyone with a fireworks related emergency to call 911 for help.

There will be a city fireworks show at dusk on Saturday, July 1 at the fairgrounds, put on by the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department. The Fair Board provides all fireworks and equipment.

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