FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3rd, 2023
Morgantown Emphasizes Fireworks Safety Regulations: Novelty Fireworks Permitter; Explosive and Aerial Fireworks Prohibited
Morgantown, July 3rd, 2023 – The City of Morgantown is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents and visitors, particularly during celebratory occasions. With the approaching Independence Day festivities, the City would like to remind everyone about the importance of adhering to fireworks safety regulations.
In accordance with the City's fireworks ordinance, residents are permitted to enjoy novelty fireworks, while strictly prohibiting the use of explosive or aerial fireworks within city limits. These measures are put in place to mitigate potential risks associated with fireworks displays, and to maintain a safe environment for all community members.
Novelty fireworks, also known as ground-based or non-aerial fireworks, include items such as sparklers, fountains, smoke devices, and snakes. These fireworks produce visual effects, emit sparks, or create smoke without exploding or propelling into the air. The city recognizes the joy and excitement these fireworks can bring to celebrations while ensuring a reasonable level of safety.
However, it is crucial to note that any fireworks capable of exploding or launching into the air are strictly prohibited within the city. This prohibition extends to firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, mortars, and similar aerial or explosive devices. The City's stance on these types of fireworks is aimed at preventing injuries, property damage, and potential fire hazards.
The City of Morgantown also urges everyone to follow these essential fireworks safety guidelines:
1. Use fireworks in designated areas, away from buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.
2. Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby for emergencies and to extinguish fireworks properly.
3. Supervise children closely when handling fireworks and never allow them to ignite fireworks without adult supervision.
4. Light one firework at a time, move away quickly, and never attempt to relight a malfunctioning firework.
5. Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water to ensure they are fully extinguished.
By adhering to these safety measures, residents can enjoy a festive and secure Fourth of July celebration while minimizing the risks associated with fireworks.
Captain Jason Quinn
City of Morgantown