Fireworks banned in county; community show set for WednesdayPublished 12:06am Tuesday, July 3, 2012
By Kristin Hogans | The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ — Burn bans now in effect in Adams County and Concordia Parish will affect the Fourth of July fun for some, but leave others free to heat things up.
Adams County Emergency Management Director and Fire Coordinator Stan Owens said late Monday — in a reversal of a previous statement — that shooting off fireworks in the unincorporated parts of Adams County is banned for now.
“It’s (a burn ban) because of dry conditions, and a drought we are currently experiencing,” Owens said.
The minimum fine for violating the burn ban is $100, and the maximum is $500.
In the City of Natchez, unauthorized fireworks are never legal.
“But there is no way they can enforce it,” said Fire Chief Oliver Stewart.
Stewart said he knows residents will shoot fireworks this week, so he just wants everyone to be safe in doing so.
Officials are encouraging residents who want to enjoy fireworks to attend a community-wide fireworks show set to begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday over the river.
Fireworks may be viewed from the bluff in Natchez or Vidalia; the community is asked to stay off Silver Street.
The company coordinating the fireworks is Pyrotecnico and will last 15 to 20 minutes.
“This is a wonderful event to bring the community together, and I hope everyone comes to see the show and have a safe Fourth of July,” said Renee Adams, the general sales manager for First Natchez Radio Group, the coordinating sponsor of the event.
In Concordia Parish, the City of Vidalia has an ordinance against fireworks as well, but will still allow them in moderation for the holiday. Usage of fireworks should end at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
In Concordia Parish, fireworks are allowed with adult supervision, despite the burn ban.
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington urged caution with their use, though.
“People need to be sure they shoot (firecrackers) in a safe place, not in grass patches or where they will go into grass patches,” he said. “They also need to be sure and have water available and on-hand.”
Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Hedrick cautioned those who will be using fireworks to follow a few simple rules: keep a water source available in case of accident, and if a fire has started, call 911; do not call the fire department directly.
Ferriday will allow fireworks from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday.