Firework sales kick off in Green Country on Saturday

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 6/14/2013 9:36 pm Published: 6/14/2013 7:48 pm

Saturday marks the beginning of firework sales season in Oklahoma. The period of June 15-july 5 is de Saturday marks the beginning of firework sales season in Oklahoma. The period of June 15-July 5 is designated by the state.

Derek Drake and other workers at the TNT Fireworks stand near Broken Arrow say that sales start slow but pick up near the Fourth of July.

"The hotter it gets, the more fireworks we sell," said Drake.

Artillery shells and sparklers are money makers for Drake and his crew. All of the workers are members of the Assembly at Broken Arrow church, and the sales from the fireworks help to fund youth mission trips.

"Every single year, we have upped our sales," said Drake.

Some fire crews are holding their breath with the beginning of firework season.

"By the Fourth of July we are expecting windy condition and a lot of dry grass," said Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May.

It's illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits of Tulsa. May says that it’s important that everyone review safety rules before purchasing or lighting fireworks.

“Adults’ supervision is key, be mindful of the wind and make sure you have a water source available to use when you are done with the fireworks," said May.

Before you purchase fireworks, it’s important to know that different cities have different ordinances regarding the use of fireworks.

Broken Arrow, Bixby, Claremore, Glennpool, Jenks, Sand Springs and Sapulpa all require permits to light fireworks.

To learn more about the laws regarding fireworks in your community, contact your local city hall or police department.

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