The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is encouraging citizens to enjoy public displays instead of using illegal fireworks as they plan to celebrate the 4th of July.
In Florida, fireworks that leave the ground or explode are dangerous, unpredictable and illegal. Deputies will strictly enforce the laws by confiscating illegal fireworks. However, repeat offenders could be issued citations that carry up to a $1,000 fine or face arrest.
“We hope citizens will save their money and leave the pyrotechnics to the experts,” said Sheriff Tom Knight.
Residents and visitors should know that the only legal fireworks are sparklers and other novelties that stay on the ground, such as glow worms, snappers and smoke devices. Parental supervision is recommended when any of these are in the hands of children.
In addition to fireworks safety, celebrants are reminded drive safely and not get behind the wheel if they’ve had too much to drink. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is sponsoring the Tow to Go program from AAA July 4-7. The program provides a free towing service and a ride home to prevent drunk driving. Drivers who would like to use the program can call 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357).