If you have ever driven through the south a few weeks prior to July 4th, you have seen the bright red and white tents set up. Sometimes you will see two of them within a quarter mile of each other. Without too much thought, I can count at least a dozen of these fireworks tents within a mile radius of my home. That doesn’t take into consideration all the regular fireworks stores that are open year round. Its big business and from what I have heard these temporary fireworks sties being in a ton of money in a short period of time.
Now, the problem is that if these are being bought for local use, we have not had any significant rain in weeks, we’ve had temperatures in the high 90’s, and the last few days have been windy. Put that all together and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Stop and think about the dangers of setting off some of these fireworks. Bodily harm and injury is always a risk. With the dry conditions fire is another risk. If you insist on shooting off fireworks be prepared for the possibility of fire before you light that first match. If your property is dry and the grass crunches under your feet, think about how fast it can go up in flames. If you can’t be prepared to put out the fire, don’t start one.
I bet you had sparklers when you were a kid and you give them to your kids now don’t you? Guess what, those sparklers are an accident waiting to injure your kid. A sparkler is nothing more than a stick that is burning at 1,500 degrees. Think of that way and you won’t let a kid near one ever again.
There are ordinances in most cities regarding the use of fireworks, so keep that in mind and let the pros do the work. There are places to go where you can watch fireworks that are set off under conditions that take safety into consideration.
Here is a list of the dates, times and locations of firework displays in and around Chattanooga-Cleveland, Tennessee, as well as some for Georgia:
Saturday, July 3rd
Altamon – ball fields, beginning at dark
Dalton -Heritage Point, 9:30 pm
Dunlap – Downtown, 10 pm central
Etowah – Hwy 411 near Post Office, 9:30 pm
Ft. Oglethorpe – Barnhardt Circle polo field, 9:30 pm
Lake Winnie, 10 pm
Monteagle – ballpark beginning at dark
Pops on the River- Coolidge Park, 9:45 pm
Sunday, July 4th
Athens – Athens Regional Park, 9:30 pm
Cleveland -Tri State Exhibition Center at dusk
Collegedale – Veteran’s Park at dark
Lake Winnie, 10 pm
Lookouts – AT&T Field, after game
Monday, July 5th
Signal Mountain – Golf & Country Club, 9:30 pm
Have a wonderful July 4th everyone!