The Helena-West Helena Police Department understands that the Fourth of July holiday is a time to celebrate our freedom and the independence of our great nation but reminds citizens that it is important to remember that the city has laws against discharging fireworks in the city limits.
The discharging of fireworks in neighborhoods causes several problems. The noise can be very distracting and usually disruptive in the later hours of the evening when people are sleeping. The firework activity also can be hazardous and can cause fires.
“This time of year can be really dry and falling embers from fireworks can increase the chance of setting roofs and fields of grass on fire,” commented Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace.
Wallace added that littering also is a big concern because the paper left behind after discharging fireworks can cover a whole neighborhood, often for weeks after the celebration.
All too often the only solution communities have found in the past has been to outlaw fireworks altogether, which the city has done.
However, this year, the H-WHPD along with the help from the Helena-West Helena Fire Department, the Parks and Street Departments will host a fireworks discharge zone at the River Side Park in Helena from 7 to 11 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to freely discharge fireworks in the safe zone away from neighborhoods, where the police and fire departments will be available to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.