Burn Bans Put Damper on 4th of July Fireworks
A hot and dry summer is putting a damper on area 4th of July firework plans.
Recent burn and firework bans have put a stop to the use of personal fireworks in many counties and towns; but professional displays like the ‘Fourth at the Field” at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, are being permitted.
The event will feature family and children’s activities, on-field activities, live music and of course, fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks begin just before 9 p.m.
In Rogers, Cross Church at Pinnacle Hills put on a fireworks display Sunday night.
Mike Jones of Riverside Fireworks, which ran the show, said the company brings out its trained professionals ready-to-go with fire extinguishers and fire spotters looking for any sign of a spark in the grass.
“Because it’s a large firework show, we will also have the city fire department that will be here and they’ll have a brush truck or two that will be close at hand, so if something does happen they will be able to be right here and right on top of it,” Jones said.
Several fireworks shows will be held across the area on both July 3rd and 4th.
Cross Church Children’s Pastor Jamie Lantzsch watches the fireworks with his family every year.
“It’s really great that we can provide this because I have gone through some of the places in Arkansas where fires have happened from just a spark,” said Lantzsch. “People just really need to be careful when setting off fireworks.”
At this time, personal fireworks are banned in Washington, Sebastian and Crawford Counties as well as most of Benton County.
To see a list of other area fireworks displays, click here.