Fireworks are causing concern

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, Randall County has lifted it's firework bans, but many residents outside of the city limits are voicing their concerns.

A recent newspaper article caught the eye of Randall county residents, Bill and Gwenda Grant.

It said that the firework ban had been lifted for Randall County, but not within the city limits, gearing firework enthusiasts to set fireworks off outside of the ban area.

Their concern is with no restrictions on fireworks outside of city limits, a burn ban still remains in effect throughout the county.

This seems contradicting to many Randall County residents, as they say their property is just as dry as anybody else in the city.

"I feel that they should not allow fireworks." said Gwenda, "If they're not going to allow them in the city, don't allow them in the county. You're not able to burn your trash or anything else out here."

The Grant's said they have dealt with firework problems in the past with people being inconsiderate about when and where they set them off, especially with how many animals are within the county.

"Everybody has pets out here. The fireworks literally just scare our pets to death." said Gwenda.

A littering problem after fireworks have been set off is also a concern.

"All the trash that they leave from the fireworks cost the county money to clean it up." said Gwenda, "We literally have to pay for it, not only pay for it by worrying about our property, but worrying about the cleanup."

Both the Randall County Fire Department and the Grant's encourage people to still celebrate Fourth of July, but by attending a public firework display in Canyon or Amarillo.

"Trinity Fellowship has a big, gorgeous firework show, probably better than what you can set off yourself and there are several others through town." said Bill.

Randall County Fire Chief, James Amerson said to take safety precautions if using fireworks.

Precautions, provided by Amerson, include:

- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

- Buy fireworks from reputable dealers and know the laws about what is legal and illegal.

- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and warnings.

- Always have permission of the landowner before shooting fireworks on their property.

- Do not ignite fireworks from the roadside.

- Before lighting fireworks, make sure that all people are out of range of the devices.

- Wear safety glasses.

- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

- Stand clear of fireworks that have not ignited.

- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.

- Do not ignite fireworks if winds are greater than 25 mph.

- Remember that fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Amarillo and Canyon.

- We encourage the public to attend the public fireworks displays in Amarillo and Canyon.

Amerson said more precautions can be found by visiting
and he encourages everyone to stay safe while celebrating over the Fourth of July.