Firefighters Prepare For A Busy Night 07/04/12
CBS 7 News
July 4, 2012
Midland, TX - Many west Texans are celebrating with fireworks this 4th of July and that has local fire departments on high alert.
"We expect that it's going to be busy," said Kristi Griffin, Public Information Officer, Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department.
Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for a busy night with fireworks being legal in the county this year.
"We're fueled up and ready to go, we'll stage at different locations throughout the county," said Griffin.
Griffin says taking precautions is critical for those who plan to launch fireworks.
"Go ahead and get a hose out, water your grass where you'll be firing them off," said Griffin.
But in the city limits, fireworks are banned.
"Once you leave the firework stand and head back to the city, within that 5,000 foot perimeter, you're in violation of the law, if we catch you with them, we'll confiscate them, whether it's $30 or $3,000 worth, we'll take them and if you discharge them, we'll write you a ticket and it could be up to $2,000," said David Hickman, Midland Assistant Fire Marshal.
All to prevent serious fires that could ruin the holiday for more than just firefighters.
"Celebrate to the fullest but be careful and mindful of your neighbors," said Griffin.
Fire officials encourage the public to enjoy the firework shows at either Midland's Star Spangled Salute or Odessa's Firecracker Fandango, that way we can all have a worry free independence day.