As Fourth of July Draws Closer, Firework Safety Remains a Concern
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - According to Florida Law, fireworks larger than sparklers and novelties can only be used for agricultural purposes, like scaring animals away from fisheries and farms.
Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies say the misdemeanor offense is rarely enforced on holidays like the Fourth of July.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public InformationTodd Kelly says, “The reality of it is people are gonna get their hands on fireworks they’re gonna use bottle rockets, they’re gonna use roman candles. They’re gonna use these types of devices to celebrate. We understand that and we just ask that people be responsible.”
You must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult before purchasing fireworks.
In addition a waiver must be signed acknowledging florida firework law.
Even though using large fireworks is illegal in some instances the state of Florida, law enforcement officers in our area are more worried about celebratory gunfire this time of year.
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