Fireworks not allowed in the City of Lawton

No fireworks

Published May 31, 2023

Mary Grace Pewewardy | Multimedia Specialist

As summer draws near, there have been an increase in reports about fireworks being heard within City limits. According to ordinance 11-2-214, consumer fireworks are prohibited within the jurisdiction of the City of Lawton and on City of Lawton property including Lake Lawtonka, Lake Ellsworth, and the city owned property surrounding both lakes.

The Lawton Police Department will work to ensure citizens are abiding by the rules set forth. They will issue citations to those who are using, distributing or showcasing fireworks within the City of Lawton. Fireworks can be dangerous, with the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

According to Lawton Fire Marshal, Heath Want, more than 19,500 fires across the United States are started by fireworks. Glass melts at 900 degrees Fahrenheit, but sparklers reach up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit! Sparker-related injuries make up ¼ of emergency room firework injuries.

Due to Lawton’s high population, lighting fireworks within our neighborhoods risks embers falling onto someone’s roof or front yard. Our summers are dry, so this creates a dangerous environment for fireworks.

The City of Lawton wants everyone to have a happy and safe Fourth of July. We invite the community to join us for the Freedom Festival happening June 30th & July 1st at Elmer Thomas Park!

Thank you for keeping your neighbors and yourself safe.


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