Shooting fireworks is illegal in the parish and is punishable by a $100 fine or 30 days in jail or both.
It is legal to shoot fireworks in Stephensville and throughout St. Martin Parish.
For areas where fireworks are legal, below are some safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website:
—Make sure fireworks are, indeed, legal before shooting them.
—Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
—Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities (including sparklers, which burn at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit).
—Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting a fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
—Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
—Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
—Keep a bucket of water or garden hose close by in case of fire or other mishap.
—Light fireworks one at a time; then move back quickly.
—Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
—After fireworks finish burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.