As Independence Day nears, the Hot Springs Fire Department reminds the public that it is illegal to possess, sell or discharge fireworks within city limits according to the Hot Springs Fire Prevention Code 15-7-3.1. Families are encouraged to enjoy area public fireworks displays conducted by licensed experts. Children should be monitored closely at all times at fireworks events.
Tuesday, July 3 Spa Blast at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming infield
Gates open at 4 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
Monday, July 4 Highway 7 South over Lake Hamilton at dusk
Lake DeGray State Park at dusk
Balboa Lake Pavilion over Lake Balboa at dusk
Mountain Harbor Resort over Lake Ouachita at 9:30 p.m.
The National Fire Protection Association opposes the consumer use of fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns. In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries. In general, fireworks cause more than 10,000 hospital emergency visits per year. Most injuries occur between late June and late July. Burns and eye injuries are the most common types of fireworks injuries. Children and teens have the highest fireworks injury rate. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org/education .