Purchasing and lighting personal fireworks can also be great fun if done in a legal and responsible way. After all, fireworks can be very dangerous and cause thousands of injuries each year. See these important fireworks safety tips from Rod Brouhard, About.com Guide to First Aid.
Also, get a complete guide to Oklahoma City on July 4th, with information on events, fireworks, lakes, travel, recipes and more.
And here are the laws regarding fireworks in Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Fireworks Laws and RegulationsIt is illegal to sell, possess or discharge fireworks within the majority of cities around the state. Specifically, the following metro areas do not allow lighting fireworks within their limits:
- Del City
- Midwest City
- Oklahoma City
- Choctaw - from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1-3 and 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 4th
- Okarche - from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3-5
- Mustang - from 3 to 10 p.m. June 27th - July 3rd and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4th
Sales and Displays
- As of 2010, fireworks can now be sold year-round by licensed distributors and manufacturers - Previously, they could only be sold during the periods from June 15 to July 6 and December 15 to January 2. Here are locations for where to buy fireworks in OKC.
- Only fireworks approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Commission may be sold
- Only persons age 12 or older or those accompanied by an adult may purchase fireworks
- Fireworks may not be sold door to door or by mail order
- Those wishing to put on a fireworks display must file a permit with the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal at least 10 days in advance and meet minimum insurance requirements. See here for more information.
- Fireworks may not be set off within 500 feet of any church, hospital, asylum, public school, unharvested agricultural crop or fireworks store
- Fireworks may not be set off from vehicles or near a group of people
- Bottle rockets
- Stick rockets
- Cherry bombs