June 29, 2016 (Flint, Mich) – As we approach the July 4th holiday weekend Chief Ray Barton of the Flint Fire Department wants residents to be mindful that improper use of fireworks can turn a celebration into a tragedy. With the dry conditions the city is currently experiencing, Chief Barton wants to stress that point even more and is urging residents who plan to use fireworks to be very careful, and be prepared just in case things don’t go as planned.
“We understand the seriousness of the dry conditions, but at this time the state has not issued a ban to prohibit citizens from lighting fireworks, so we’re asking residents who choose to use fireworks to be as safe as possible,” said Chief Barton.
Officials warn that fireworks should be used with extreme caution. Older children should be supervised closely, and younger children should not be allowed to play with or light fireworks. Adults and teens who plan to use fireworks should remember these, and the following safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
Firework Safety Tips
Officials say the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to take advantage of local firework displays put on by trained professionals. The City of Flint’s firework display will be held Friday, July 1, 2016 at dusk.