Revelers Opt Out of Fireworks to Avoid Fines
Despite fireworks being a tradition to celebrate the Fourth of July, authorities in the River Valley say very few citations were given this week under the burn ban.
“I think the community did a great job with adhering to the burn ban and realizing the danger of shooting fireworks right now,” said Greenwood Chief of Police Will Dawson.
This Fourth of July was rather quite.
“I didn’t hear anything,” said Sarah Lenzen.
With the drought causing some trees to die and grass to dry up, the smallest spark could cause a fire. Those who typically shoot off fireworks every year say they didn’t buy this Independence Day holiday.
“I wasn’t surprised because I think everybody knows how bad it is,” said Karen Campbell.
“We look at last year where we spent five days you know with the fire department trying to contain the fire that did consume one home and threatened many more,” said Chief Dawson.
Chief Dawson says only five people were given a citation for shooting fireworks this week. He said it’s a low number compared to the number of calls police typically go out on this time of year.
“Every year we respond to hundreds of fireworks calls,” said Chief Dawson.
With a no tolerance policy in most counties, most people opted out of celebrating at their home. You can be fined up to $1,000 if caught shooting fireworks or burning during the ban. Greenwood residents tell 5NEWS they left the star spangled shows up to the professionals.
“We watched the fireworks display from our backyard,” said Thompson.
Chief Dawson says a discussion about a make-up firework day will be brought up in Greenwood’s city council meeting Monday.
If you did buy fireworks this year, but weren’t able to shoot them off, firework stands say they typically stay good for three to five years if kept dry.