The Duncan Banner

June 27, 2013

Duncan, Comanche ordinances don’t allow fireworks

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — If things go according to the City of Duncan’s ordinance, fireworks won’t be happening in the Duncan city limits this Fourth of July.

Fireworks aren’t allowed in Duncan city limits. Duncan Deputy Fire Chief Dayton Burnside said this doesn’t just pertain to shooting fireworks, but includes possessing them.

“You can’t even be in possession of them within city limits,” Burnside said.

And Duncan isn’t the only Stephens County city where fireworks aren’t allowed. Comanche’s ordinance also doesn’t allow fireworks to be ignited within city limits.

Comanche Police Chief Mike Jones said Comanche doesn’t usually have much trouble with fireworks around the Fourth of July. And when there is a complaint about fireworks, it usually only takes one visit for people to comply with the law.

“Comanche has been pretty quiet,” Jones said. “People down here are pretty much in compliance.”

For professional fireworks displays in the City of Duncan, those running the displays have to make contact with Burnside for a permit. But it is left up to Burnside to determine whether a display would be allowed, according to the city’s ordinance.

Burnside said the ordinance exists to ensure the safety of Duncan residents and to reduce the risk of structure fires.

“Improper use increases hazards and dangers,” Burnside said. “We want to make sure people stay safe.”

He said the best way to enjoy firework on the Fourth of July is to attend a sanctioned fireworks display, which could mean traveling to a neighboring city. Marlow and Bray are some of the communities having fireworks displays this year.

Burnside said if people feel compelled to shoot their own fireworks, they need to take precautions and be mindful of what they’re doing.

“They need to go to a clear area and follow safety protocols,” Burnside said.