Fireworks given OK in Bryant, not in Benton
With midnight marking the beginning of a new year — and decade — many Saline County residents are making plans for celebrations.
According to city ordinances, residents in Bryant are allowed to shoot fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but Benton residents are only allowed to shoot fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday.
In Bryant, fireworks are allowed from noon until 10 p.m. today and noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Individuals are encouraged to use fireworks in a “safe and sane manner,” according to the Bryant ordinance.
Several regulations for where fireworks may be used are outlined in the ordinance.
No fireworks may be discharged within the boundaries or within 300 feet of any public park owned or maintained by the city unless the person responsible has a public display permit.
Also, fireworks may not be discharged upon any public street, alley, road or right-of-way. Fireworks should not be discharged within 1,000 feet of any hospital, nursing or assisted living facility.
No fireworks may be discharged under or upon a motor vehicle or within 300 feet of any gas station; gas oil, or propane storage facility or other area which is highly flammable by nature, according to the ordinance.
Fireworks line a table at a local firework stand. For New Year’s Eve celebrations, fireworks usage is allowed in Bryant, but is not allowed in Benton.