Leave fireworks to the pros, officials say

In less than one week, many local residents will celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering with friends and family. Some will attend public fireworks displays, while others will celebrate in their own backyards. In either case, it’s important to know how to do so safely and to understand Ohio law regarding fireworks.

“The best and only safe way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display held by professionals,” Wapakoneta Firefighter and Paramedic Eric Snapp said. 

When asked if he had any tips for those planning to shoot off fireworks at their own homes, Snapp had a simple response.

“I would tell them not to do it,” he said.

Wapakoneta Police Chief Russell Hunlock agreed with Snapp, although he said he knows some residents will do so anyway. 

“I know people are going to continue to use them but I would highly recommend that they don’t,” he said. “I am not giving permission or saying it’s OK to use fireworks because from a legal standpoint it’s not. If you do, use good judgement and try to be safe. Also, don’t cause an inconvenience to your neighbors.”

Hunlock said every year the police department will respond to noise complaints from neighbors of those who choose to set off their own firework displays.

For the full story, see the Saturday, June 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.