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Still have a blast, despite ban on missiles, rockets
Polk County Enterprise - July 2009
LIVINGSTON – With the recent ban on certain high-flying fireworks there has been some confusion on just what types of pyrotechnics Polk County residents can set off during July 4th celebrations. On Monday, Texas Governor Rick Perry extended an order previously issued by Polk County Judge John Thompson banning stick rockets and missiles with fins that are designed to go a great distance into the air before exploding. The fear is these types of fireworks may shoot sideways instead of up and start a fire 400 to 500 feet away, where they could get out of control very quickly. That order doesn’t mean you have to stay away from the fireworks stand, though, because there are still a great number of things that are not banned. “We have more than 130 items in our inventory,” Lucas Borie, operations manager for Big Daddy’s Fireworks, said. “Only four of these items are banned.”
Borie said the law requires them to keep all banned fireworks in sealed boxes at the rear of the store. Everything on the shelf is legal and available for sale, according to Borie. He said sales have been down this year and he believes it may be due to a misunderstanding about what can be legally purchased. Among items still allowed are artillery shells that launch from a canister, multiple-shot cakes, roman candles, firecrackers, M- 1000s, fountains, canister shells that have double, triple, quadruple shots and more that split in the air before exploding. Many of the items for sale are commercial-grade fireworks and they are entirely legal. “You may remember the Pop Pops from when you were a kid,” Borie said, as he held a small sawdust-filled box. “These are just like that, but on steroids.” He threw one to the ground to make it pop, and he wasn’t kidding about the steroids, those suckers are loud enough to make even the biggest kids dance.
“My favorite is the screaming chicken,” salesman Corey Dickerson said. “It shoots flaming eggs out of it and it screams. Bling Bling is another big seller. People come from all over and ask specifically for it.” Independence Day is Saturday but you can expect to see fireworks every night this weekend and probably for a few nights before and after. “People should light these fireworks with all care and caution,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said. “Because even those types of apparatus’s that are not banned can still sail onto someone else’s property and start a fire.” A Livingston city ordinance prohibits setting off fireworks within the city limits at any time, Cochran added. The fire chief cautioned partiers to be wary of the potential fire hazards associated with fireworks and be prepared should something happen. “Firecrackers and other small items are just as dangerous if you throw them out and they hit dry grass or a fuel spillage,” Cochran said.
“With the dry conditions it makes it just that much more volatile. Just because they are not banned doesn’t ment they are safe. Kids should have adult supervision and those adults should be mature adults.”