Fire, police departments urge caution this 4th of July | Community Spirit
The Jonesboro Police and Fire Departments are urging people to use caution with fireworks this 4th of July holiday.
According to city ordinance, it is unlawful to shoot or fire any firecrackers, Roman candles, skyrockets or fireworks within the city limits. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined as much as $500, according to the police department.
Not only are fireworks illegal within the city limits, the recent hot, dry weather has increased the fire danger. The Arkansas Forestry Commission recently placed Jonesboro in the second-highest warning potential for wildfires.
If you see someone shooting off fireworks, call the Jonesboro Police Department. Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says officers will respond and will take action.
He says if it’s proven fireworks are to blame for a fire, additional charges could be filed by the Fire Marshal’s office.