Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding all residents to use caution and be responsible during the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend. "Over the next several days, we know many of our parish residents will be barbecuing, traveling, popping fireworks, or heading out on the water for fishing and recreation," said Sheriff Webre. "We want everyone to enjoy their holiday weekend, and so, we remind everyone to do so responsibly."
Per parish ordinance, fireworks are currently allowed to be sold and discharged in the unincorporated areas of Lafourche Parish each day through Sunday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on July 3 and 4, they are allowed from 9 a.m. until midnight. The Town of Lockport follows the same schedule. In the Town of Golden Meadow, fireworks are only allowed to be discharged at Oak Ridge Park during the parish schedule. Fireworks are prohibited in the City of Thibodaux, as well as within 1,000 feet of a church, hospital or public school, or within 75 feet of a fireworks vendor.
When using fireworks, Sheriff Webre reminds citizens about these easy-to-remember safety tips:
Do not consume alcohol prior to handling fireworks.
Designate one person to organize and light fireworks for your family.
Never attempt to relight a "dud." Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Read warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
Ignite all fireworks outdoors and with a bucket of water nearby.
Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
Never attempt to alter or modify fireworks. Use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
Teenagers should only use fireworks under adult supervision.
Young children should NEVER handle fireworks. Sparklers should ONLY be utilized with adult supervision.
In addition to fireworks safety, Sheriff Webre is also stressing safety on our roadways and waterways.
There will be an increased number of deputies patrolling the streets of Lafourche Parish, and they will especially be watching for drivers who show signs of impairment.
Water Patrol deputies will be conducting safety checks on vessels to ensure their next call is not a response to a tragedy. Boats should have proper lighting, fire extinguishers and personal floatation devices for each person on board. Boaters are also reminded that impaired driving laws apply not only to motor vehicles, but to watercraft as well.