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Contact: Timothy Thompson, 361-949-9238
Contact: Scott Martin, 361-949-9238
Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Fireworks Checkpoint on Friday, July 4, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park's Entrance Station. The purpose of the checkpoint is to prevent accidents, fires and injuries related to the use of fireworks. The use or possession of fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited on all National Park Service lands. It is recommended that you do not bring fireworks as they are subject to seizure when you enter the park.
Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of consumer products. Even sparklers, which many people consider safe, can cause serious burns and start fires. In addition fireworks can have a huge impact on our seashore park environment. Fireworks routinely cause wildfires. Just one careless, stray spark can burn thousands of acres and cause needless injuries. Also the wildland fire risk is greatly increased in South Texas due to continued dry conditions and the hot summer heat. Texas A&M Forest Service has forecasted a "high" wildland fire danger for the Coastal Bend this holiday weekend.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires started by fireworks caused an estimated $32 million in direct property damage in 2011 - the largest numbers of outdoor fires involving grass and brush fires.
This checkpoint will support our continued effort to provide a safe park experience for all visitors on this holiday weekend, while contributing to our effort to protect our seashore resource at the same time.