JONESBORO, Ark. – You can buy fireworks at several locations within the City of Jonesboro but make sure you don’t light the fuse inside of the city limits.
Discharging fireworks of any description within city limits is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500, the city has warned in the past. We verified the ordinance has not changed Monday afternoon with City Spokesperson Bill Campbell.
While Independence Day brings with it the celebration of America’s beginnings, it also comes with dangers inherent to the most deadly holiday of the year.
More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires resulting in thousands of injuries.
Some may be surprised to learn the National Safety Council actually discourages consumers from buying fireworks at all.
The National Safety Council advises everyone to stay away from all consumer fireworks and to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals. – NSC.org
While the warnings stretch across all brands, the NSC specifically warns against M-class fireworks (M-80s, etc…).
This year, a free fireworks display is planned for the public to kick off the holiday! It is Northeast Arkansas’ first fireworks celebration this year, courtesy of the great people at East Arkansas Broadcasters – 107.9 KFIN, 101.7 KISS FM, 95.9 The Wolf, and other stations.
It will be at 9 PM on Tuesday, July 3, at Joe Mack Campbell Park. The event is free to the public – although you probably will want to invest in some mosquito spray!
EAB’s 2nd Annual Red White & Blue Color Run is also planned to return this year on Wednesday, July 4. KFIN morning show host Brandon Baxter said last year’s event was a big success and they hope this year’s will continue the tradition!