If you're planning on visiting Oklahoma City for New Year's Eve or July 4th, there will be plenty of opportunities to see brilliant fireworks displays around the metro area. However, if you'd rather purchase and pop off your own fireworks in Oklahoma City, there are a few rules and precautions you should be aware of—especially as a traveler.
It is illegal to sell, possess or discharge fireworks within the majority of cities around the state, including Oklahoma City, so you'll have to go outside of the city limits to the countryside if you'd like to light off your own fireworks.
Specifically, the following metro areas do not allow lighting fireworks within their limits in Oklahoma: Bethany, Del City, Edmond, El Reno, Midwest City, Moore, Nichols Hills, Norman, The Village, Warr Acres, Yukon, and Oklahoma City.
However, the cities of Choctaw, Okarche, and Mustang allow for the sale of Class C fireworks and for shooting off fireworks only over the Independence Day holidays. And, each of these cities has restrictions so consult the city website or local newspaper prior to planning your celebration so that you don't break any laws.
Where to Buy Fireworks in Oklahoma
Fireworks can be sold year-round in the state of Oklahoma, but only by licensed distributors and manufacturers. Previously, they could only be sold during specific holiday time periods from June 15 to July 6 and December 15 to January 2.
There are many places to buy fireworks in OKC, but only persons age 12 or older or those accompanied by an adult may purchase fireworks. Only fireworks approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Commission may be sold in Oklahoma. Fireworks such as bottle rockets, stick rockets, cherry bombs, and M-80s are all banned from sale in the state.
Those wishing to put on a professional fireworks display must file a permit with the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal at least 10 days in advance and meet minimum insurance requirements. Additionally, fireworks may not be set off within 500 feet of any church, hospital, asylum, public school, unharvested agricultural crop, or fireworks store.
Safety and Precautions When Using Fireworks
As always, no matter where you're going for the holidays, it's important to practice proper safety precautions when celebrating in a new place—especially when dangerous explosives are involved! If you're planning on lighting off your own mini fireworks display this holiday season, be sure to know how to properly use any you purchase:
- Although you may be used to seeing multiple huge fireworks exploding in the sky during professional fireworks shows, it's important to remember that the pyrotechnicians are trained, and, as a result, you should only light off one firework at a time to avoid any mishaps. Keep in mind the local laws, many of which do not allow aerial fireworks.
- Be mindful of pets. Do not shoot fireworks around pets or other animals. If you have a pet, secure the pet in an interior room of your home if the sound of fireworks can be heard. Also, be sure your pet is licensed and/or microchipped as animals will flee if frightened by fireworks.
- You should check your surroundings for people and pets before lighting off each firework, and never light off fireworks within 500 feet of buildings, homes, or cars.
- Never relight a firework that is a "dud." Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Also, it's important to remember to properly clean up the area after you've finished putting on your own fireworks display. Not only is it illegal to leave the trash, you could start a fire if you haven't extinguished the fireworks completely; you should soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.