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Archer County Firework Restrictions

 Archer County Commissioner approved to restrict the use of fireworks on Monday.

There are a number of rules residents need to follow:
  1. Fireworks may only be used at the user’s personal and private property for the sole and personal benefit of the user, the user's immediate family, and/or the personal guests provided that all such users remain in compliance with the rest of the order.  Fireworks may be only used at a location in which the user or users are not the landowner, but in which the landowner has registered with and provided prior written notice of use authorizations to the Archer County Sheriff’s Department.  Any business owner or individual, allowing other individuals to ignite fireworks on their premise with or without charge, shall register no less than six hours before the activity begins on any given day of use.  The contents of said registration notice shall include: the landowner’s or authorizing the party’s name, phone number, and address as well as, the event location and the hours of activity set aside for fireworks use.
  2. Spotter over the age of 18 must be present to observe for possible fires.
  3. A minimum of five gallons of water available on site, and a minimum or one pressurized fire extinguisher or one gallon pump sprayer must be on site with other fire suppression tools, such as shovels or wet burlap bags.
  4. Fireworks may not be discharged in brushy areas, but may only be used on cleared or plowed land.
  5. Fireworks shall not be discharged less than 50 feet away from any property line or right of way.
  6. Allowable aerial fireworks must not be ignited or activated outside the designated area of use.
  7. No fireworks may be activated or discharged if winds are 20 miles per hour or greater.
  8. Fireworks may not be used within the right of way of public road or highway or any other public lands at any times unless specifically allowed by designated legal authority.
  9. Under penalty of illegal littering for improper disposal of fireworks refuse persons using fireworks must have trash bags or other collecting containers to remove the fireworks refuse from the site and all fireworks from the site and all fireworks refuse must be properly disposed of.
Violation of this order is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
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