Fire officials say celebrate legally and safely; leave fireworks to the professionals

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Your July 4th festivities can fizzle really quickly if you’re caught with fireworks in the city limits.

The Mansfield Code of Ordinances follows the International Fire Code which “prohibits the possession, manufacturing, storage, handling and use” of fireworks. The ordinance defines fireworks as any device/composition that is ignited by a match or any other heat producing device.

The fine is up to $2,000 for each offense.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Independence Day holiday,” said Wes Jones, fire investigator with Mansfield Fire Rescue. “We also want them to be safe. Fireworks are not only illegal in the city limits but they can be dangerous and cause injuries.”

Sparklers are one of the most dangerous fireworks and cause many of the firework-related injuries. They are illegal in the city limits of Mansfield.

Sparklers are one of the most dangerous fireworks and cause many of the firework-related injuries. They are illegal in the city limits of Mansfield.

Jones said fireworks contain gun powder which is particularly dangerous when they are handled. Most injuries by fireworks are to hands and eyes, with sparklers causing more injuries than any other type of fireworks.

“Three sparklers can generate the same heat as a blow torch. It’s a dangerous situation for everyone, especially children. The best way to celebrate July 4thwith fireworks is to let the professionals handle it,” Jones said.

Officials with the Mansfield Fire Department will be on duty during this Fourth of July holiday to try and ensure your safety. They will write citations to those violating the city ordinance.

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