We've received a little bit of much-needed rain around the metro, but it has not significantly changed the extreme fire danger in many areas of the state. As of this post, 34 counties in Oklahoma have instituted burn bans, leaving some to wonder how the regulations might impact their July 4th plans. Well, here are some updates:
- Fireworks displays at area July 4th events will continue as planned.
- Check your specific county's burn ban to confirm, but most bans, including Oklahoma County's, currently allow outdoor cooking in gas grills, charcoal grills or smokers with no open or exposed flames.
- It is already illegal to set off personal fireworks in the city limits of most metro-area communities, including Oklahoma City.
- Oklahoma County's ban resolution mentions only that the sale of fireworks is not a violation.
- Canadian County's ban resolution specifically prohibits setting off fireworks.
- While the Cleveland County ban resolution did not originally mention fireworks, a KOCO report cited a Cleveland County official as saying they do not allow the use of personal fireworks. The ban was revised to note that "if someone causes a fire due to fireworks, that person can be held liable--criminally as well as civilly."
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