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NO PERMIT: Broken Arrow changes firework rules

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 18, 2024

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Broken Arrow City Council decided permits are no longer needed for residents to shoot off fireworks for the Fourth of July.

In 2006, residents voted to legalize fireworks within city limits with a permit.

The latest council amendment removes the permit requirement.

Vice Mayor Christi Gillespie proposed nixing the permits after receiving calls from residents.

"I really don't think it's fair for every individual homeowner to have to pay a fee and ask permission from the government to do fireworks," Gillespie said. "There's something about it that doesn't feel right."

Anyone who already bought a permit this year can get a refund, the city said.

While permits aren't required anymore, these rules are in place:

  • Fireworks are legal only on July 3 and 4, from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m.
  • The person discharging the fireworks is responsible for cleaning up debris on the same day the fireworks are used.
  • It is not permissible to discharge fireworks on city property.
  • Anyone discharging fireworks outside those times will be subject to a $225 fine, plus costs.
  • Fines double for those discharging fireworks between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Commercial grade fireworks and public displays still require a permit.

After hearing concerns on social media about the new rules, 2 News went to Broken Arrow to talk with people.
John Slater moved to Broken Arrow from Canada and said the decision isn't a big deal.

"Ultimately, for two days a year, it really doesn't affect us all that much; it's July third and fourth; let's celebrate and have a fun time. And if it's only two days a year, why not, Slater said.

David Laney has owned Discount Fireworks for about 25 years now and said the holiday is a great opportunity for Americans to celebrate their freedoms.

"I'm glad that you don't have to pay for a permit to obtain a license to shoot, you know, to represent our Independence Day," said Laney.

If someone is using fireworks outside of the parameters set by the city, don't call 911. City officials ask you call the non-emergency number (918) 259-8400. This is to keep the emergency line open for emergencies.

If you do choose to report a neighbor using fireworks illegally, you will be asked to show up for court to testify.

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