Bans on fireworks may force you to change your 4th of July plans

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Fourth of July is just a little over a week away, but city leaders are warning residents about city ordinances that may force you to change your plans.

Under Oklahoma City law, you cannot set off, buy, sell or possess fireworks inside the city limits unless you have a permit.

The ban includes sparklers and snakes too.

"The ban is in place for the protection of the citizens of Oklahoma City. The ban has been in place for the past 30 years. It protects from fire injuries. It protects from fires," Major James Teal, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said.

Due to the laws in Oklahoma City, firework stands must be located outside the city limits. However, it is a different story if you travel 30 miles west.

In Mustang, stands are scattered throughout the town.

Not only can you buy fireworks in Mustang, you can shoot them off at certain times.

"During those times about 9 or 10, you'll look around the top of your neighborhood and see fireworks going off for miles around. It's pretty awesome. It's like a big show," Dillon Zimms said.

"We're excited to live out here where we can do it pretty freely," Mary Ray, a Mustang resident, said.

Since many cities do not allow fireworks, Mustang has become a popular place to go for the Fourth of July.

"You cannot buy them in Yukon,” Landon Williams said. “I'm going to buy them and travel somewhere where it is legal and pop them there.”

"Sometimes, that can create crowding issues, you know, with everybody trying to get into the city parks and have a good time. We want people to have a good time, but we certainly want them to be safe," Chief Carl Hickman, with the Mustang Fire Department, said.

Before you set off fireworks this year, it is a good idea to check with your local fire department to find out where you are able to celebrate in style.

In some cities, it is illegal for you to drive with fireworks in your car.

That was the case for Oklahoma City until 2013. That's when the law changed so drivers could transport fireworks as long as they are in their original package.

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