Fireworks go on sale Friday in Hastings and Hastings City Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said those shooting fireworks need to use caution as well as be respectful of others around them.
“People should be considerate to their neighbors with the use of fireworks,” Gilbert said. “Sometimes, people with animals are susceptible to fireworks — dogs for example. Fireworks should never be thrown in the direction of any animal or person.”
Also, Gilbert said the lighting of fireworks is prohibited in city parks and on city streets.
If anyone has problems with the use of fireworks, they can contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.
“They also shouldn’t be thrown from a moving vehicle. Historically, we have not experienced a lot of injuries during the Fourth of July. We hope to not have those this year,” Gilbert said.
In Hastings, fireworks can be sold and/or ignited between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. from June 27 to July 2. On July 3 and 4, the hours are extended from 9 a.m. to midnight.
There are 16 licensed fireworks retailers in Hastings this year.
The state has licensed 703 fireworks stands this year. They are allowed to sell fireworks until midnight on July 4, though some cities may have shortened selling periods.
The State Fire Marshal’s office reminds Nebraskans that some fireworks are prohibited, including wire sparklers and bottle rockets. Officials also said it is important to take precautions when using fireworks including having a bucket of water handy and never lighting fireworks near dry grass.
They add to stay several feet away from lit fireworks and to always supervise children very closely around fireworks.