The North Little Rock Police Department is reminding residents that it is not only illegal to discharge fireworks inside the city limits of North Little Rock but it is also illegal to be in possession of fireworks in the city limits.
People who are found to be in possession of fireworks or discharging fireworks will have their fireworks confiscated and they may be cited to appear in court. Parents may also be issued a citation for furnishing fireworks to minors. The fine for violating this city ordinance, upon conviction in court, ranges from $25 to $500.
Several thousand people are injured each year because of firework-related mishaps. Arkansas Children’s Hospital reports seeing between 10 to 20 injuries each year, most of which involve burns to the hands or face.
"The North Little Rock Police Department will have a no-tolerance approach to individuals deciding to deploy fireworks," said Sgt. Brian Dedrick, public information officer.
The department’s announcement came a few days after the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reported a fire at 6124 MacArthur Drive, Arnold’s Fireworks, of North Little Rock.
On June 25, at about 4:36 p.m., deputies received a call from Arnold’s and upon arrival officers saw that the building was totally engulfed.
"We made contact with the owner, Tom Daniel, and a witness/secretary, Paulette Gorman," states the report from the Sheriff’s Office. "Ms. Gorman stated that she was working inside when she noticed some unknown people shooting fireworks across the street. A few minutes later, she heard a loud explosion.
Deputies reported that Gorman stepped outside and saw that one of the out buildings on the property was on fire, and the people shooting fireworks were gone.
Daniel estimated the damage to be approximately $40,000.
The scene was turned over to Arkansas State Police and ATF.
— Greg Rayburn