Sheriff Hightower talks Fourth of July safety, fireworks ordinance

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Fourth of July is coming up in a few weeks, and the local sheriff’s office wants to remind you about precautions to take during this exciting holiday.

Due to extreme heat and the possibility of a drought in our area, fireworks can be dangerous.

Things to keep in mind include having water or a fire extinguisher close by, along with keeping animals inside to avoid having them run away.

You can help keep the community and your pets safe by taking these simple extra steps.

Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower says to respect those around you and to pay attention to the direction you are shooting fireworks.

“People have lost fingers, hands and eyesight, so there is always a danger to those things, but primarily right now with dry temperatures, it’s just not a good idea to be shooting these with the dry climate we have had particularly in the county,” said Hightower.

Hightower added that the ordinance deciding when fireworks can be shot off begins June 27th and lasts through July 5th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, on July 4th, fireworks can be set off until midnight.