NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- We are less than two weeks from the Fourth of July and firework stands are starting to open across Northwest Arkansas.
Tontitown is among the cities already selling fireworks. Tontitown firework stand owner Kristie Machan opens her stand two weeks before the holiday."I expect to have a lot of customers on the third and fourth. Some people want to make sure they get what they want, so they don't wait until the last minute," says Machan.
But local fire crews want everyone to remember, if not lit property, the festivities could quickly become dangerous.
"I would recommend that at least be an adult or [have] supervision of adult. Don't be using alcohol at the times that you're setting them off," says Duane Miller, Springdale Fire Department Battalion Chief Fire Marshal. "The biggest thing that we suggest is find a professional shoot that's going on and watch it. There's a lot of larger fireworks. People are actually educated and trained on how to shoot them off and display them. And it's not out of your pocket a lot of times so it's less expensive for your family," says Miller.
Springdale firework stands don't open until the June 28, and stay open through July 5.
You must be 16 years or older to buy fireworks and can only shoot them between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. on July 1 through July 4 within Springdale city limits.