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Contact: Tim Thompson, 361-949-9238
Contact: Scott Martin, 361-949-9238
Padre Island National Seashore conducted a fireworks checkpoint on Park Road 22 near the park's entrance station on Friday, July, 4, 2014. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of park staff and the support and cooperation of the public there were no accidental fires or firework-related injuries or incidents reported in the park this 4th of July.
The purpose of this checkpoint was twofold. Park staff wanted to both educate the public about firework danger and, to the greatest extent possible, prevent fireworks from entering the park. Fireworks are considered among the most risky of consumer products. One stray spark has the potential to burn thousands of acres and cause needless injuries. Fire risk is greatly increased in South Texas due to continued dry conditions and the summer heat.
Within a two hour period 176 vehicles were contacted with minimal traffic impacts. Five of the occupied vehicles stated that they were in possession of fireworks, and voluntarily gave them up prior to entering the park. There were no vehicle searches conducted.
Superintendent Mark Spier said, "Safety is one of our highest priorities, and with the public's assistance we were able to make this 4th of July both an enjoyable and safe holiday for everyone visiting and working at Padre Island National Seashore."