Shooting fireworks in Cabot could cost you

Shooting fireworks in Cabot could cost you

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Fireworks on the Fourth of July are a staple of summer and a fun way to celebrate with the family, but it's important to have fun in a safe and legal way.

Inside the city limits of Cabot any type of firework that leaves the ground is illegal. You could be fined no less than $10, but no more than $50 if you are caught shooting fireworks in city limits.

"It is illegal inside the city limits of Cabot to sell or shoot off fireworks, so find somewhere outside the city limits in an open area," said Cabot Fire Chief Phillip Robinson.

He said every year his department, along with the police, gets dozens of calls about fireworks being set off inside the city limits. Robinson said residents can shoot fireworks off in the county, but he stresses that you should only shoot off one firework at a time.

"Because that one could set off another one and set off another one if you put too many of them too close together," he said.

Fireworks stands began selling fireworks outside of Cabot city limits on Tuesday. Kathryn Melnick works at the Holland Bottom firework stand. She said fireworks can be enjoyable if you play by the rules.

"It's good to use a punk so you're not that close to it.  You don't want to burn yourself, they're great for the kids,” Melnick said. "You don't want it going off in your face."

The more distance you can have from a fuse, the better. Some of the bigger fireworks they sell can shoot 100 to 150 feet above the ground. Melnick said that's why you want a way to secure the fireworks from tipping over.

"Have a piece of plywood or a cinder block to set them in, because we don't want them to fall over," she added.

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