The Branson Fire Department urges all residents and visitors to celebrate safely and legally when purchasing and discharging fireworks. Fireworks may be purchased in the City of Branson from June 20 through July 10, however, they can only be discharged from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 3 and 4, unless not allowed by neighborhood homeowners associations.
Fires and injury are two common results when fireworks are not used properly.
“We encourage residents to follow instructions on the label of all the different types of fireworks. Fireworks should also never be held in the hand and safety glasses should always be used. It takes just seconds of ‘fun’ to lose an eye, cause burns or a traumatic injury,” said Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin.
For children under the age of five, sparklers account for three-quarters of all fireworks injuries. Small children are fascinated by the bright sparks and often grab the wrong part, which can reach 1,800 degrees.
Fireworks also cause thousands of fires each year across the nation. Lighters, matches, and projectile type fireworks are the leading causes of fires during the Fourth of July holiday. A misguided bottle rocket, for example, could land on a roof and start a devastating fire.
As a safety reminder, the Branson Fire Department offers these simple tips:
To date there are six permitted fireworks stands in Branson for the 2020 season and three Commercial Fireworks Displays have been issued a permit by the fire department and are as follows:
Fire department staff will be on-site at each of these events. Contact the Branson Fire Department’s Technical Services Division at (417) 243-2790 with any further questions.