Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

July 2, 2013

City to enforce fireworks use, possession bans over holiday

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Vegetation may still be green but authorities say a ban on the use of fireworks inside Weatherford city limits will be enforced over the Independence Day weekend. 

As the summer fireworks season opens, Weatherford fire officials are urging residents to follow the law and stay safe over the holidays.  

“Every year we have a big problem with fireworks at Lake Weatherford,” Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said, adding that they will be enforcing the city ordinance on the lake, around the lake and throughout the city. 

Under city ordinance, fireworks cannot be bought, sold, manufactured, possessed or used inside Weatherford city limits. 

Those in violation could be written a citation and have their fireworks confiscated. 

Four peace officers with the fire department will be assigned to assist the police department during what is expected to be a busy four-day weekend, according to Hopkins. They will also be using the fire-police boat on the lake, he said. 

Last year, officials handled dozens of fireworks violations. 

Fireworks present several safety concerns for residents, according to Hopkins.

Fires are the leading cause of property loss in the U.S., causing $11 billion in damages across the country, Hopkins said.

Each year 15,000 fires are caused by fireworks in the U.S. including 1,100 structure fires, he added. 

Though the city isn’t currently facing the severe drought conditions that it has during many previous summers, with rising temperatures, green fields can quickly lose their moisture and present a fire danger.

Under certain conditions, at 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Lake Weatherford can lose an inch of water a day to due to evaporation, Hopkins said. 

In addition to the fire danger, firefighters also see many injuries due to fireworks, according to Hopkins. 

Burn injuries and blindings are the most common injuries resulting from fireworks. 

Text Only
Front Page
  • city graphs.jpg HO council talks water rate increase

    At a regular Hudson Oaks City Council meeting Thursday, Hudson Oaks Assistant City Administrator Chad Janicek presented the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. As a part of the proposal, Janicek presented the council with proposed water utility rate increases, some of which, if approved, would take effect at the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in October. The second half would take effect in the coming years, still to be determined. As a result, the proposed rate adjustment will occur in two phases.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Julie Witt Parolee accused of embezzling $48,000 from Weatherford attorney

    A paroled paralegal, accused of embezzling more than $48,000 from a Weatherford attorney since November and leaving behind forged documents affecting at least two clients’ legal cases, is in jail again, facing her fourth felony theft charge in 15 years. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Splash Kingdom suspect Water park burglar sought

    Weatherford and Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month. 

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks