Vendors have begun selling fireworks in Carthage, but rules still apply when it comes to shooting fireworks in the city.
According to the Carthage City Codes, residents can start shooting off fireworks in the city on Sunday June 30 and can shoot them through Friday, July 5.
People can discharge fireworks from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, July 4, fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m.-1 a.m. July 5.
Carthage Fire Marshal Tom Nixon said state and local rules prohibit shooting fireworks around fireworks stands and other facilities.
“We just ask that people be responsible and courteous when shooting fireworks,” Nixon said. “Children need to be supervised at all time by an adult and people need to be respectful of neighbors who have to get up in the morning when discharging fireworks late at night.”
Nixon said people need to be aware of the fire danger when using fireworks. Some displays that shoot in the air can land on the ground and on the roofs of buildings, causing fires.
“It's a little bit wetter this year than it was last year at this time,” Nixon said on Monday. “Even so, we went to a grass fire this morning, so it's dryer than people think. People just need to be careful.”
The annual municipal fireworks display is slated for Thursday at the golf course in Municipal Park in Carthage.
Parks Superintendent Alan Bull said people can start gathering on the course at around 4 p.m.
“Please use the trash barrels on the course and collect your trash,” Bull said. “We always have a golf tournament on the morning of the Fourth, but we try to have everyone off the course in time to get ready for the fireworks.”
City code says fireworks cannot be discharged in Municipal Park at any time.